• <h4 class="dechead">On One Hand: Surveillance Positives

    School surveillance cameras cut down the level of bullying and deter crime in schools, including the destruction of school property, according to an article from the U.S. Department of Justice. The cameras can also provide useful evidence when crimes have taken place. Parents and students can gain a sense of security knowing that the school is being monitored. The knowledge that security cameras are watching acts as a reminder for children and adults to be on their best behavior.

    On the Other: Surveillance Negatives

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, surveillance is seen as an invasion of privacy and some question its legalities. The cameras are limited and cannot pick up all the areas of the school, leaving many spots unmonitored. Security cameras are expensive to install and run and someone needs to monitor them at all times during school hours to achieve the objective of safety. Extra manpower for this is expensive.

    Bottom Line

    The U.S. Department of Justice reports that research validates that camera surveillance promotes safety in schools. The institute has come up with a guideline for placement of the cameras that takes privacy into consideration regarding places where people, including students, can normally expect privacy--particularly locker rooms and bathrooms. Beyond that, safety for children and school personnel need to be the number one concern when installing these surveillance devices.


    Video Surveillance Guide: The Pros and Cons of Video Surviellance in Schools

    BBC: CCTV - Privacy or Safety

    OLR Reasearch Report: School Security Technologies

    More Information:

    US Department of Justice National Institute of Justice: Research Report

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