Each day, millions of children around Australia head to school, where capable educators are entrusted with their care. On average, a standard classroom has 24 students to one teacher who must keep a watchful eye on the children while also ensuring no harm comes from outside the classroom. There’s no denying that this can be a challenging task, especially where young children are involved.
The importance of CCTV cameras in schools
In addition to a teacher’s watchful eye, security cameras and CCTV footage provide another element of security in schools. Not only do they help keep an eye on the buildings, students, teachers, and visitors during the day, but security cameras are proven to ward off vandals and intruders after school hours.
This added layer of protection extends beyond people and helps protect the school infrastructure and expensive property like laptops, tablets, science equipment, and sporting gear.
Each school campus is different, so there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach to security cameras for schools. Instead, a more customised, bespoke fit-out, like those provided by Calamity, is essential to safeguarding an environment where students and teachers can focus on what’s important – learning and parents and school administrators can take comfort they’re meeting their ethical and legal obligations toward staff and student safety.
Parents and teachers can trust that their campus is safe with correctly placed, technically sophisticated security cameras combined with a multi-level security system that can encompass internet safety and physical security.
What are the advantages of CCTV cameras in classrooms?
Schools, parents, teachers and students are free to enjoy the many advantages of security cameras and CCTV. For example:
- Deterring criminals, thieves, vandals and anyone that wishes to harm children
- CCTV which provides clear evidence should an incident occur
- Cameras which support a professional environment for students and teachers
- Ability to monitor everyone that enters the premises
- Peace of mind for parents and teachers
- Reduce and prevent instances of bullying or student misbehaviour
- Manage child protection obligations
- Assist in incident and emergency management
- Protect staff from vexatious claims and false accusations of misconduct
- Detect and discourage antisocial behaviour
- Emergency readiness and armed active offender protection.
Expert installation of security cameras for schools
At Calamity, we pride ourselves on our multi-million dollar security control and monitoring facility that is recognised as one of the best in the world. This, combined with our state of the art technology and highly-experienced team, will ensure your school receives the best possible security system needed to safeguard anyone on campus. We have assisted some of the country’s most security sensitive schools protect their biggest asset – people.
Our VDO platform provides for constant health checking of your system and ensures it won’t fail quietly. You will know when a camera has gone offline, been vandalised or simply needs a clean. This allows you to focus on running a school and not taking care of security maintenance.
If you have questions or are looking to upgrade your school’s security system, contact the team at Calamity today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should security cameras be in schools?
While at school, most classrooms have over 24 students under the care of one teacher, making it impossible to monitor all children plus the surrounding areas consistently. Security cameras are proven to be a safe and effective tool to manage and protect students, teachers, and guests on school grounds.
How long is CCTV footage kept in schools?
CCTV footage is kept for 30-90 days on average; however, this can vary between security systems and the individual needs of your institution. The storage capabilities of your device will depend on the footage resolution, compression, the number of cameras, and overall storage space allowed for. We use a calculator to determine the precise amount of disk storage space required to meet statutory and practical requirements, whether that’s 30 days or 3 years.
Security camera placement tips
There are also plenty of other things you’ll need to consider when deciding where to place your security cameras. Here are some other valuable tips that will help you choose the most suitable locations for your cameras:
- Cable access – You’ll need to identify locations where it won’t be too difficult to cable and run wiring to connect each camera to a power source and to the recorder. In many cases where cabling is impossible you can locate a camera in a more accessible location and then use longer focal lengths or ‘zoom’ to show the desired picture.
- Street visibility – Ensure your cameras are clearly visible from the street to deter thieves from targeting your home and send them elsewhere.
- Height of installation – It’s important to install your cameras high enough that they can’t be easily tampered with. However they also need to be low enough to capture faces, not the tops of heads and be accessible for cleaning. Vandal proof camera housings allow you to mount cameras lower (better for capturing faces) but avoid them being disabled. Building and cabling realities often impact the ultimate height but generally from 2 to 4 metres above floor level is a minimum height.
- Camera angles – Consider what visuals you want to capture when setting the angle for each camera. Are you trying to capture a face, or a car’s licence plate details? In most cases, you may require more than one camera in an area to adequately capture everything with suitable clarity and avoid blind spots.
- Lighting – While many commercial-grade security cameras are equipped with Wide Dynamic Range and High Dynamic Range (HDR) which allows them to automatically adapt to handle difficult lighting conditions, many cheaper residential-grade cameras lack this technology. In this case, you’ll need to check for any backlighting such as a camera facing into the afternoon sun which could affect the level of exposure and picture quality. Make the necessary lighting adjustments to ensure a good quality picture in all conditions, day and night.
- Protection from the elements – Depending on where you live, your cameras may be subjected to rain, snow, moisture, dust and dirt. While most outdoor cameras are considered ‘weatherproof’, they may still be vulnerable to some extreme Australian weather conditions. For this reason, it’s a good idea to install them in locations where they’ll be somewhat protected from the elements to extend camera longevity and useful picture between cleanings.
Let us take care of the leg work
Getting your security camera placement right can be tricky, so rather than stumbling your way through it, why not call in the experts. You tell us what you’re trying to view and we make it happen.
At Calamity, our experienced security professionals can offer their expert advice to design a first-rate security camera system for your home and provide round-the-clock monitored protection from our state of the art Australian security facility. We’ll recommend the optimal camera placement to provide a superior level of protection, then take care of the installation, programming, commissioning and training for you.
Currently protecting tens of thousands of individuals, our security expertise is second to none, and you’ll have complete confidence that your home will always be safe and protected from intruders.