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.