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Video Cameras
(Chapter 2   Video Surveillance, Continued)

Why NOT video cameras?

  • Exhibit 2.02CCTV systems are expensive. Installation can also be expensive, as well as logistically difficult.
  • Choosing the correct camera equipment requires some technical knowledge (exhibit 2.2).
  • A single camera can effectively view a smaller area than would be intuitively expected, hence many applications can require more cameras, equipment, and expense than was originally expected.
  • Cameras can be stolen or vandalized.
  • Ongoing maintenance and operational support are required.
  • Some applications or areas do not warrant camera use.
  • Some communities or individuals will challenge the legality of using cameras.
  • Insiders with full knowledge of the installed video system's capabilities can possibly circumvent the system to their advantage.
  • If it becomes well known where cameras are being used at a school, students may simply move their misbehaviors to a different part of campus.

 



Research Report:   The Appropriate and Effective Use of Security Technologies in U.S. Schools