Today CCTV has become an integral part of our daily life. It has been seen as a safety investment. With CCTV installed in your premises, you get a sense of security. It’s vital role and advantages has been acknowledged for personal use, businesses and educational institutions. In today’s blog, we shall discuss in detail the advantages of CCTV cameras for schools.
What is meant by CCTV?
CCTV (closed-circuit television) is a TV system in which signals are not publicly distributed but are monitored, primarily for surveillance and security purposes. CCTV relies on strategic placement of cameras, and observation of the camera’s input on monitors at a specific place.
CCTV is now playing a greater role in schools to monitor, check and have vigilance. As per the dailymail.co.uk news, Teachers are using body cameras to record misbehaving pupils and provide evidence for disciplinary action.
Tom Ellis, of Portsmouth University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, said teachers involved in the pilot are being given the option of using the cameras to film ‘when necessary’.
He said: ‘Most schools now have some level of problems with low-level background disorder in classrooms and the teachers have become quite fed up with not being able to teach.’
Advantages of CCTV Camera System for Schools are:
- Deters Crime
The presence of CCTV camera system for surveillance will reduce petty thefts and vandalism in school premises. Since the activities are being monitored, fewer nuisances are likely to be created. It also reduces trespassing in your school premises.
- Helps Maintain Records
The images and videos captured by a CCTV camera system are often recorded and stored in a database. These are helpful in maintaining records so that they can be easily retrieved later when needed.
- Protects School Staff
This is particularly helpful in the Billing / Information desk. The staff attending visitors/parents may have a record of visitors to their school office. CCTV camera system helps to identify indisciplinary instances and act immediately. It is also helpful to keep a tab on the activities of the employees.
- Evidence in Lawsuits
In legal cases of thefts and other forms of crime, videos and images provided by the CCTV camera system can serve as a valid proof and evidence against the defaulter. This assists in making legal claims as well.
New-generation surveillance camera systems have audio, voice and sound capturing capabilities. Teenagers bullying or harassing other students can be disciplined based on video and audio footage records.
School security personnel manning surveillance camera systems in real-time can take quick action about evacuating children, faculty and staff in case of emergencies related to fire or other potentially dangerous situations.
Let us look at some statistics, as per the news of Digital by default news The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) regulations will require a wholesale reassessment of data protection for the UK’s 5.9 million CCTV cameras, which to date have benefitted from relatively light touch regulation. However, it will enable the sector to enhance its public image and create opportunities for new value-added services.
General Data Protection Regulation
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission intend to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).
The news also stated There are almost 6 million CCTV cameras across the UK’s homes, schools, business and public spaces – all of which will come under the jurisdiction of the GDPR.
As per ATL (ATL is the union for education professionals. Active in the maintained, independent and post-16 sectors, they user their members’ experiences to influence education policy, and work with government and employers to defend their pay, conditions and career development) “CCTV is now an established part of the education world and that, as the available technology develops, so will its usage in schools.”
From the above reports and news, we can now acknowledge the role of CCTV cameras to your school / educational premises is limited not only to recording but also from various legal and statutory requirements. There are many other advantages of CCTV cameras for schools.
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