Posts Tagged ‘ School Security’

School Security Camera

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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

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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.