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Privacy Versus Security Camera Systems

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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When it comes to dealing with surveillance and security cameras, many people are concerned about their privacy. Many schools have been installing cameras to makes sure that the students are safe. They want to be able to keep tabs on all the students and anyone else who may be entering or leaving the school property. Business put up cameras to stop people from stealing from stores and even to help prevent employee theft. Some people even protect their homes with surveillance systems. Regardless of how many positives there may be about having these cameras up, there will always be some people who feel that it’s an invasion of their privacy.

Camera systems may end up costing a lot of money. Some of the higher end IP camera systems can cost well over $1000 for homes or small businesses. Larger businesses and schools sometimes need systems that can cost all the way up in the $100,000’s. It may not feel great having to spend that kind of money on a system, but having the peace of mind that it’s helping deter crime is priceless. Having cameras up can definitely make people think twice before committing a crime.

Even with these benefits, installing surveillance cameras can become highly controversial. There have been many protests as well as legal action surrounding the installation of cameras in places like schools all over the world, and there are definitely many things for schools to think about before installing their systems.

One of the important things for school s to figure out is what do they want to accomplish with their camera system installation. Are they trying to scare students into behaving well? Are they trying to capture every little student infraction?

These are important questions that many parents want answered. The ACLU has even provided some evidence to students to show that studies have proven cameras don’t prevent crime. Students were supposed to feel safe with camera installations but have admitted to feeling like they’re being watched instead. They have found that a lot of thefts and infractions may occur inside of locker rooms or in areas where students aren’t being watched such as the bathrooms. Cameras are not allowed to be installed in those areas so one of the questions asked to administrators was who would they be interrogating if a student did something wrong, but there were many students in the locker room at the time. Would they interview every student who walked out of the locker room? One of the administrators responded with, “We know who the bad kids are” but with that type of argument, why would they need cameras to prove anything then.

Personally, I feel that you can at least know which students were there during or after the incident even though you may not be able to see it take place. There are times where a student may deny being in that location at the time of the incident and at least with camera systems to show them in the area, they can prove that the student was lying. I have seen many cases where people will lie about an incident until they hear that it was caught on camera. Even though this works for certain instances, there are others that still make parents weary about having surveillance cameras installed in the schools that their children attend.

Another problem that worries some parents is whether or not the cost of these systems are going to take away from money that is supposed to go towards the educational materials that schools need to purchase. What they don’t usually understand is that a lot of schools have separate funds which are used for things like surveillance cameras than are used for educational materials needed.

Cameras can be great tools but only if used sensibly. If a school administrator decides that he wants to install cameras in the school, the best option would be to involve the parents and the students in order to avoid any issues.

In 2007 there was an administrator at Newton South High School who decided to install some cameras outside of the locker room without letting anyone else know and when people began to find out about them, it cause a huge problem with the faculty, students, and parents. Being up front and honest about where cameras are being installed and why will go a long way and can help avoid any of these controversial issues.

In 2003 there were girls who found out they were being video taped while in their underwear inside the Livinston Middle School, Tennessee, locker rooms because of cameras that had been installed in there. It turned into a huge scandal and 24 students ended up going to court against the school which ultimate ended in a ruling that cameras are no longer allowed to be installed within the locker rooms of schools.

There is definitely a huge benefit in having open communication about having cameras. There are a lot of administrators that deal with parents who are completely anti-surveillance equipment and others who feel that cameras are the solution to all the issues. I feel that neither of them are right because there is a happy medium. Also, well-trained staff and security teams are a bigger help in preventing incidents from occurring.

Having systems in public places can make people feel like they’re not being trusted. It creates that certain time of atmosphere where people feel like they’re constantly being watched because the powers that be don’t feel they should be trusted to do the right thing.

Others feel like having cameras as a temporary solution is better. There was a school where students were tying chains to the doors and running them back to their jeeps, then ripping the doors off the building. The felt the need to install cameras just until they could find out who was doing this and as a result they ended up finding that vandalism at the school went down by about 95%.

At the end of the day, students don’t lose all of their rights as soon as they enter those school doors. The best solution is to really think about the situation and come up with many different solutions to solving the problem in order to avoid unnecessary lawsuits or controversy.


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 Security Systems

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

These days school security systems consist of a little bit more than just a truant officer of the 1970’s and before.   Thanks to always evolving technology and reduced prices, a digital video security camera system usually plays a big part in school security systems as well as maintaining order within the classroom.

Many schools have gone to total digital video with a camera with audio in every room.  This provides superior documentation in the event of a student disturbance.  Likewise, the “camera in every room” policy can not only protect teachers but can protect students as well especially by documenting teacher-student situations as they occur.

The whole idea of installing a digital video camera in every classroom is not as far fetched as it may seem.  After all, before the advent of cheaper yet higher quality digital video systems, most schools used an older method of communication; the intercom.

Today, we have the advantage of disposing of the intercom and using the digital video school security system.  Not only can the school’s front office communicate with the teacher (or student) in the room via two-way audio, but a video image can be seen at the same time.  Should there be any doubt as to an altercation between two students or between a student and teacher, the entire episode is captured and recorded on the Digital Video Recorder or DVR which is usually located in the front office.

There are a variety of digital video camera security systems that can be used as school security systems.  Security Camera King has an ample supply of equipment and down-to-earth reasonable prices.  To equip a school properly, all rooms should contain at least one camera.  This includes the cafeteria, gymnasium, band room, as well as each class room.

Typically, Security Camera King’s complete 32 channel Elite DVR security camera package will do the job.  If 32 cameras are not enough to adequately monitor the school, then more (4, 8, 16, or 32 camera) systems can be added until the optimum number is achieved.

Security Camera Kings 32 channel system is particularly useful in this situation.  First of all the unit comes with 32 420TVL infrared cameras.  This means you get 24/7 full coverage.  During the daylight hours the camera captures highly detailed color video and at nighttime when school is over for the day and the lights are out, the infrared (IR) technology is automatically switched on and video camera coverage continues.

However, it is not necessary to use all of the same cameras for the entire system.  For example, if you want to include surveillance of a parking lot, you could upgrade a camera to a Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera.  A PTZ camera is an incredibly versatile camera that allows the user to move the camera horizontally (Pan), vertically (Tilt), or zoom in on an object.  In addition a PTZ camera usually has the ability to track and follow objects such as people and vehicles.  This would provide a good handle on who is approaching the school from the outside.

All of Security Camera King’s DVRs are internet ready, so when installing your system, don’t for get to supply the DVR with an active Ethernet Cat5 cable.  Once connected to the internet, the principal, superintendent, maintenance personnel  and any one else as necessary can be set up to monitor the entire system remotely from their smartphone.

Security Camera King’s school security systems are designed to be easy to install, so easy that a maintenance employee should be able to install the system with absolutely no problems.  However, should some sort of difficulty occur, our support team of security experts are readily accessible to help you every step of the way.

In fact, our security experts can be contacted on-line by using “Live Chat” or by telephoning 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.  They will walk you through every step of the process from the very beginning to the very end, if need be.  They’ll even help you design your system to determine what kind of equipment, how many cameras you’ll need, and so on.

So if you’re looking for a solution for theft, burglary, vandalism, bullying, student discipline and documenting student to student or student to teacher behaviors a school security system sounds like just what the doctor ordered.  We’d love to help you upgrade your school security system, so please, contact us today.