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Blog: Why Is CCTV Important In Schools?          Published: 26/05/2022

Why Is CCTV Important In Schools?

CCTV has been widely adopted in many sectors as a practical, effective, and cost-efficient security solution. CCTV cameras are not only a practical part of security systems in warehouses or commercial facilities, however, but also in educational venues. In this article we discuss the advantages of CCTV in schools.

The benefits of CCTV cameras in schools

Head teachers and those with decision-making power in schools know they have a duty of care towards students, teachers, and anyone who visits their premises. Having a reliable CCTV system installed can help improve safety and security both inside the school grounds and the surrounding areas where students and other people from outside the school may also gather.

CCTV systems have other practical uses, such as:

  1. Monitoring student behaviour to ensure compliance with school policies. Expecting teachers to always do this themselves is unrealistic and can interfere with their performance.
  2. Reducing pupil bullying, which unfortunately has a very high occurrence within British schools.
  3. Improving the learning environment by getting teachers to use recordings to evaluate their practice and find ways of making lessons more engaging.
  4. Reducing the risk of vandalism. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to simply hope that anti-social behaviour will not affect those on your premises. Acts of vandalism against schools have been on the rise, and the cost of damages amounts to millions of pounds nationwide. Making it obvious that you have a functioning CCTV system can deter vandals and thieves who would usually target venues with poor monitoring systems, as they know in the past that their acts would have no consequences.
  5. Deterring antisocial behaviour outside the school gates, including smoking, fighting, illegal or dangerous parking, selling drugs etc.
  6. Prevent unauthorised access within or outside school hours to keep students and staff safe by controlling who has access to school premises. Failing to do so could pose anything from nuisance and disturbance to threatening the safety of others. Depending on your location, having security staff guarding entrances may not be enough, but on-site CCTV systems are effective at monitoring trespassers, both during school hours and out of hours.

Providing systematic monitored security for your staff and pupils

Providing systematic monitored security for your staff and pupils

Ultimately, a school with greater student safety leads to increased trust. Educational institutions must always safeguard their pupil’s well-being. This isn’t just a legal requirement, but also a non-negotiable expectation that all parents have. Parents will also know the difference between a school that has an isolated CCTV camera, and a school that has a comprehensive CCTV system tailored to the specific needs of pupils and the area.

“Prevention is better than cure” is absolutely correct when it comes to security breaches and school safety. Remedial action to cover property repairs or legal fees is always costly and time consuming, so we always recommend being proactive and discussing your needs with one our experts in CCTV and access control.

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