What benefits can you enjoy with CCTV in the education sector?

Monday, 5th June, 2017

Running any educational environment is a massive responsibility and the larger the organisation the more you have to take care of and more to go wrong. So you need to make sure you are using the right tools and technology available.

CCTV or video surveillance along with access control will make your job much easier and your organisation safer as the cameras become your eyes. Many organisations are already reaping the benefits of this technology. Below we outline what some of those are.

Unauthorised Visitors
Educational organisations are sometimes seen by devious individuals as great places to prey on young people as they are seen as easy targets. It’s these types of individuals that you need to keep away from your premises and with a proper security solution in place, including CCTV, you can prevent these individuals from gaining access and as well as capture images of their faces, which can be shared with the police. Keeping an eye on your entry and exit points’ is crucial for the proper security of your organisation.

Deter Criminals
It’s been reported that just the sight of CCTV will reduce criminal activity as criminals don’t want to take the risk of being captured on camera whilst committing crimes so by carefully placing cameras around your campus will be a big deterrent to criminals.

This doesn’t work just for criminals that are trying to break in it will also deter students who are perhaps intent on carrying out damaging actions too. If students are aware cameras are there they are usually less inclined to carry out any bad behaviour such as graffiti, vandalism and other criminal damage. In the event that an incident does occur, you will have recorded evidence so you can take the proper course of action.

Prevention of bullying
It’s upsetting to say, but bullying is a part of everyday life, and whilst students are with you it’s up to you to ensure any bullying is being dealt with quickly. With the installation of CCTV you greatly decrease the chances of bullying going on within your premises or grounds as you are able to have a clearer view of what is happening on your premises, helping to provide a safe environment for students to learn in.

Crowd control
In most educational organisations open days or events are regularly held, this entails many more people and visitors than normal coming onto your premises, so being able to monitor and control these ‘crowds’ is crucial to keeping people safe. CCTV can ensure you are able to see who is where, when, and what areas are getting too busy and have time to act accordingly.

Protecting the car park
By watching over your car parks you are not only protecting the vehicles of your staff and students but if an incident was to occur, such as a crash or bump between two cars, your surveillance system will know exactly what happened and who is at fault.

Greater peace of mind for you and parents
With CCTV and access control in place you and the parents of your students have greater peace of mind about the safety and security of staff and students, you also have an effective criminal deterrent and the ability to work with the police to provide evidence.

We would suggest you make sure you have read the ICO (information commissioner’s office) CCTV code of practice before embarking installing any CCTV solution. – click here

If you would like to find out how AIT can assist you with making your premises safer, with CCTV and access control click here or give one of our solutions experts a call on 0113 273 0300 and lets stay safe together.