DM helps school security

March 2003 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Education (Industry)

As parents in the UK become increasingly concerned about the safety of their children, schools are turning to the latest in CCTV technology to help provide a watchful eye.

When Burnage High School in Manchester was looking to upgrade its CCTV installation to a modern digital system, they consulted experts Security Management Plus for advice.

Steve Clews at Security Management Plus said: "We have been involved in security in the education sector for nearly 10 years and in that time we have seen a marked drop in classroom vandalism and bullying. The latest networked digital systems with instant image retrieval and multiple control points make monitoring hundreds of pupils throughout a busy school much easier than before.

"We recommend the Digital Sprite system from Dedicated Micros because it is extremely easy to use without compromising on performance.

"Whereas in the past CCTV cameras would be set up outside the school gates and perimeter monitoring was often in place to help prevent out of hours problems such as vandalism and theft, most schools today are turning to monitoring systems that deploy most cameras within the school buildings. These are proving highly effective in combating the growing problems relating to daytime management issues such as property damage, general behavioural matters, truancy and bullying.

"At Burnage High, almost 60 cameras were installed across the premises enabling key members of staff to see exactly what is happening around the school without needing to actually patrol the grounds or corridors - networked CCTV is a good way for the teacher to 'be' everywhere at once.

Toufik Merzougui, financial manager at Burnage High continues: "We have found CCTV to be a highly effective preventative measure in terms of managing good behaviour across the school and reassuring parents that their children are in safe hands."

For more information contact RGB Technologies, 011 760 6437, or VisionLine, 011 538 7000.

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