School Security is a hot topic of conversation and always on the front of parents’ minds. With gun violence increasing and bullying on the rise across the nation, it demands the question of whether or not school systems are doing everything in their power to keep students safe while at school. As times change, measures of security need to keep up with these changes. It is no longer adequate to simply use locks on doors or metal detectors inside school building entrances in order to keep students and staff safe. This is why we believe that video surveillance offers a solution to these problems, as well as, the ability to provide a safer learning environment and a long-term plan centered around school safety.
The Top 4 Reasons You Should Have Audio and Video Detection At Your School
1. Cameras Deter Crime
It’s better to be proactive than reactive, especially when it comes to violence in schools. Prevention can go a long way. Installing security cameras out of children’s reach but where they are clearly visible has shown that it can deter some types of malicious activity. At the very least, installing cameras will deter theft, vandalism, false alarms, etc.
Video surveillance has also shown to deter illicit behavior by minors on school property. Security cameras can be placed in the school and also surrounding areas, including parking lots, sports fields, and other typical gathering places on school grounds. In the event that an accident occurs, the cameras are there to ensure justice is served in the best and more efficient way possible.
2. Monitor Your School’s Campus
Being able to keep an eye on the entire campus, in real-time, is a huge relief and gives peace of mind to school officials, teachers, and parents. Cameras can be placed at entrances, exits, and off-limit locations for extra security. They can be set for motion activation and have controls for sound as well.
This means that if someone goes to an area in which they are not supposed to be, the camera will be activated and you will be notified via message, call, or text. This is extremely helpful when the school is closed overnight and over the holidays and during extended breaks where fewer people are on campus and actively monitoring the facility.
Check out this blog we shared on how security systems play a role in keeping schools safe.
3. Keep Students and Staff Safe
The clearest and most important reason to choose video surveillance for your school is to provide a safe environment for teachers, students, and staff.
Cameras that are regularly monitored are able to monitor students, watch for situations that may become aggressive or escalate, and attempt to keep bullying to a minimum. Depending on where they’re placed, they can also monitor anyone who enters and exits school property and alert officials if there is any potential threat. Cameras placed inside classrooms provide an extra sense of protection and allow school officials to have an additional set of eyes and ears to see and hear what goes on around the school at any given time.
Video surveillance systems come in handy especially when there is an emergency situation inside of a school. Authorities are able to make more accurate and timely judgment calls when they have the ability to visually assess the situation. This leads to faster and safer evacuations and notifications and more efficient securing of school grounds if there is a dangerous situation occurring. Sonitrol’s video surveillance system does all of the above and allows you to keep your school safe and protected at all times.
4. Peace of Mind
We all want the same thing – safer schools. Everyone wants students, teachers, and faculty to feel confident and safe in the learning environment. By adding video surveillance into your security strategy, you will have better peace of mind knowing that you are providing your school with the best comprehensive security measures you have available.
Sonitrol has the security systems your school needs in order to stay safe, protected, and your mind at ease this year. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can take your school’s security to its maximum capacity, let’s talk. Safety can’t wait. Be proactive today.