Research recently commissioned by Huddersfield security experts Ti Installations, has found that many people think CCTV in schools is a good idea.
As part of a newly-launched poll exercise on Ti’s website, the team asked visitors “CCTV in schools – is it a step too far?” The question, which ran for a month, prompted some interesting responses.
By far the most common view was that the introduction of security cameras is not a bad idea, with 64% of participants claiming it isn’t a step too far. 27% of respondents did not agree with the introduction of such technology, whilst 9% remained unsure.
Among those who favoured the use of CCTV, one participant* claimed: “As a parent I am all too aware of the risks facing our children in the modern world. What’s more, the recent tragedy involving teacher Ann Maguire in Leeds is another reminder that we can encounter danger in the environments we least expect it. For these reasons, I think CCTV is a valuable tool to protect the whole school population.”
Another respondent on the other hand, claimed schools is not the place for ‘big brother’ surveillance. Uncertain partakers seemed to echo these thoughts, but felt CCTV would be beneficial, providing it was only installed in certain areas where pupils’ privacy is not compromised.
Ti’s managing director Mark Copley summarises: “It seems that more people think CCTV in schools is a good idea, than not. This probably explains why we have installed such technology within corridors and entrance ways for example, to better protect staff and students from crime, abusive behaviour and trespassing.
“Schools are traditionally a safe environment, so it makes a lot of sense that head teachers want to uphold this feeling of security. I can understand why some people find CCTV intrusive, but I’m sure its usage is in the best interests of all concerned.”
There is other technology available however, for schools, colleges or universities that feel CCTV is a step too far. Mark continues: “We recently installed door entry technology on one local junior school, ensuring children, teachers and the school’s general property, are protected. A simple system can act as a significant crime/trespassing deterrent, plus it helps to ensure children cannot mistakenly exit the building either.”
If you would like to speak to Ti Installations’ security experts regarding the use of CCTV, door entry or alarm technology in your school, please call 01484 818180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can complete our short enquiry form and we will be in touch.
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*Participants anonymity has been promised.