Schools to introduce more CCTV
August 04 2009
Schools across the UK are to increase the number of CCTV cameras they have installed on school grounds.
Hundreds of primary and secondary schools will follow the lead taken by those such as Stockwell Park high school, which now has more than 100 cameras, the Education Guardian has claimed.
Stockwell Park has two cameras in each classroom provided by a Hertfordshire company, Classwatch.
"The children are very happy here because they know they are on a school site where they are safe," said the school's deputy headteacher Mike Rush.
Mr Rush told the paper: "We've had no complaints from the teachers." He explained "they were the ones who suggested the cameras as a solution to people coming into the building, and disputes and problems with theft."
People new to teaching in the UK may be surprised at moves to install CCTV in schools. However, the country has widely adopted video surveillance as a way of reducing crime.
Wandsworth council's representative James Cousins told the BBC: "Residents actually like CCTV [as] it makes them feel safe [and] it makes them feel secure.
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