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School Security Camera

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

With student safety being such a concern in schools today, not enough can be said about the importance of using a school security camera in every classroom.  Even though most school systems utilize metal detectors at school entrances and some even require the students to carry only clear backpacks, this is apparently not enough to ensure adequate student-teacher safety and security.  Admittedly there is not one single solution; a digital video school security camera system can supplement these security measures and greatly reduce in-school violence and at a minimum, at least provide documentation of inappropriate behavior.

The intercom was not a school surveillance and security system; at best it was a simple communication device.  The social patterns and complex behaviors of today’s societies has created events never before heard of inside school classrooms.  Students may often try to bring weapons, drugs, and other illegal paraphernalia into the classroom.  Gangs and gang related violence is not restricted to the streets, but occurs within the classroom as well.  Inappropriate student behavior is often difficult for the teacher to substantiate without proper documentation.  All of these things require comprehensive school security camera systems and a digital video security system just might be the solution.

Digital video school security camera systems work by using digital video cameras to capture video (and sound if deemed necessary) in various areas throughout the school property.  Ideally camera setup begins with the school yard, covering the outside perimeter of the school property.  Each hallway and classroom contains a school security camera that is mounted such that the entire classroom is within the camera’s field of view.  These cameras record continuously and send their digital video signals to a Digital Video Recorder or DVR unit that stores the video files.  The DVR unit and monitor are normally located in the administrative office, security office, or another secure room.

There are several advantages to using school security camera systems.  Some of these advantages include:

  • Violence and crime deterrence – although a school security camera may not be able to stop events from happening, statistics show that the mere presence of security and surveillance video cameras deters students from engaging in these events
  • Student and teacher security – A school security camera system also deters individuals from outside the school system from entering the school to commit violent or criminal acts;
  • Student behavior documentation – Unfortunately there are many instances today when a teacher encounters a student with inappropriate behavior.  Extreme inappropriate behavior that results in disciplinary action against the student is all too often questioned by the parents, leading to a “”teacher’s word vs. the student’s” situation.  Nothing can be more helpful for the teacher and the student than a video and audio recording that documents the entire situation.
  • School security and surveillance during down-time – Often times when school is not in session, unless maintenance or custodial personnel are present, the school is empty.  A huge building with no one in it provides the perfect setting for acts of vandalism and/or theft.  A school security camera system can provide the school with 24/7 surveillance and document any activity that may be suspicious.

School surveillance and security systems are not limited to high schools or junior high.  A digital video surveillance and security system is equally valuable for use in colleges, middle and elementary schools, and even pre-school or day care settings.  If school surveillance and security systems are used in pre-school or kinder-care settings they can help protect the children and the teachers not only from criminal or violent acts, but they also can be used to the protect the school from wrongful treatment or abuse claims.

School security cameras may not be able to stop acts of crime, violence, or vandalism in progress, but they certainly can deter or prevent it.  If the cameras are being monitored either on-site or by a professional monitoring service, the system can also contribute to stopping an event before it is completed.

Technological advancements have made the school security camera so versatile that it can be used for just about any application.  Security Camera King has a variety of digital video security systems and individual components including cameras, DVRs, and monitors, check us out today!


School Surveillance and Security Systems

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

In the not too distant past, school surveillance and security systems were unheard of. The closest thing to school surveillance was probably an intercom speaker in each classroom and the security system might have been a truant officer, if the school had one. Today’s complex social behaviors and societal problems can encroach upon the school atmosphere limiting not only the safety of the students, but the actual ability to learn.

Digital video school surveillance and security systems provide the surveillance system you need to cover the perimeter of the school property and each room, lobby and hallway. They also can be used to enforce the security you need to ensure a safe learning environment.

School surveillance and security systems are not just for high schools. These surveillance and security systems can be used with all levels of education including:
• Child Care/Preschool
• Middle School
• High School
• Public or private schools
• Colleges and Universities

Many schools have metal detectors at their entrances to screen for potential dangerous and/or unlawful weapons but that alone is not good enough. A solid digital video camera surveillance system can provide a much more comprehensive security structure. In addition, a digital video school surveillance and security system can provide a recorded “instant replay” of a particular episode for the benefit of school administrators.

A digital video security camera system with a Digital Video Recorder or DVR can be very useful for documenting any inappropriate behavior on school property. One big problem in Middle and High schools especially is bullying. The intimidation of students by other students can not only result in undesirable consequences but can nearly destroy the learning environment for the intimidated student. School surveillance and security systems can not only document the activity, but when students know they are being monitored, bullying activity is sharply decreased.

Along the same lines as documenting intimidation, school surveillance and security systems can help monitor any gang or gang like activity within the school. These same systems can reveal acts of violence; expose acts of vandalism and theft; and identify student drug use. Further, a digital video school surveillance and security system can protect students and teachers alike.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of all to using a school surveillance and security system is the high deterrence factor created by the use of monitoring cameras. Many school teachers have voiced their opinion that school surveillance cameras used in classrooms have improved behavior and even increased grades.

A typical school surveillance system consists of the following:
• Cameras
• Processor/DVR Unit
• Monitor

Digital video cameras can be placed in just about any location throughout the school. Each camera has a video transmission cable that is run from the camera to the processor/DVR unit. The digital camera captures its video images and sends them to the processor/DVR unit via this cable. The processor creates a digital video file of the image which makes it available for real-time (live) viewing on a monitor and also stores it on the DVR. The DVR is basically the same thing as the hard drive disk on a personal computer. The DVR continues to store the videos chronologically until the disk is full. When the storage capacity of the disk is met, the unit starts recording over material starting at the beginning. Units can be purchased with built-in DVD writers that can copy video footage for archival purposes or if needed, to present to authorities.

School surveillance and security systems aren’t just limited to the building. Smaller, compact digital video surveillance systems are available for use on school buses also. These systems have a proven track record of curtailing inappropriate behavior by students while traveling in school buses.

The units used in school buses normally run off the electrical power provided by the bus, have at least one camera that covers the entire passenger area, and include a mini-DVR normally in the form of a USB thumb drive or a Flash memory card. Their memory devices are normally large enough to store the video for an entire route.

As you can see, school surveillance and security systems may not be able to stop a particular event from occurring, but proper use of a digital video camera system has provided great deterrent factors resulting in much better group control and a higher quality learning environment. Innovative technology has made these systems affordable for most schools, regardless of their class size.