(Chapter 2 Video Surveillance, Continued)
Why NOT video cameras?
- CCTV 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