How can having CCTV in schools reduce bullying?

CCTV used in the education settings has been increasing rapidly over recent years. This sees the vast majority of schools now being fitted with CCTV. Although, whether that is solely focused on the school grounds or in corridors and classrooms differs. 

The reasons for the increase of CCTV in schools’ changes. It can be to protect the property, staff and students or to deter violence, harassment, and even terrorism. 

Whilst some people view this increase as a positive, recognising the benefits in making us feel protected and secure. Others see it as a negative, stating how it can remove our sense of privacy and acts as ‘big brother’ watching our every move.  

We understand that the problem of bullying is large and installing CCTV will not combat the issue as a whole. Although, we do acknowledge what CCTV can do to help.  

Being able to capture incidents which happen in corridors, playgrounds, and classrooms can provide potentially needed evidence. Also, this alone can change behaviour for better as people know they are being recorded. 

As result of installing CCTV, some schools have witnessed levels of bullying reduce.  

Doonside Technology High School in Sydney, Australia, installed CCTV into their school. After doing so, they witnessed a massive drop in bullying by 70%.  

This could be because the cameras being in place can deter students from bullying others. As knowing they are being watched puts them off the abusive actions. Alternatively, it helps to capture bullying if it does occur. 

It is not only with bullying that installing CCTV has been beneficial. Richmond River High School, also in Australia, has stated a reduction in theft since getting cameras.  

Although there are many legalities which need to be considered when putting CCTV into schools. Informing the Information’s Commissioner, having clear procedures of CCTV operation, and ensuring a designated data controller are just a few things to consider.  

We have the knowledge and expertise to fit CCTV to the correct legal requirements. Contact us for more information and a free, no obligation security audit and quote.  

What does ‘professional’ mean?

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We have noticed that many companies are calling themselves ‘professional’ or claim that they give a ‘professional’ service. That does beg the question: What does it mean to call yourself professional? 

The simple definition of the word means “relating to or belonging to a profession”. Therefore, the majority of those in the working world could state that they are professional, even when their actions prove that they are not. This isn’t reassuring when you are looking for a company to rely on to install security at your home or business premises, especially when you hear horror stories of installers who claim to be professional who show a bar full of people the images from a customer’s home camera system! 

We would rather use the information provided in a recent article published by Oxford Review, they stated that the three key features to someone being ‘professional’ are: ideals, ethics, and social aims and that there “will be a set of guiding principles and ethics which denote professional practice and the ideal of being a professional”.  

We acknowledge this, believing that the needs and expectations of customers or clients should be met to the highest standard possible. That’s why we are so proud of our staff and our qualifications. The highest accreditation possible for our industry is the National Security Inspectorate NACOSS Gold Award and requires our company, processes and staff to undergo rigorous checks from external auditors. When we had our audit we passed with flying colours, proving that our ideals, ethics and social aims make us the true definition of professional.    

Contact us now to discuss how we can provide our professional installation service to you. Call us on 024 7644 6960 or email us on info@ipssltd.co.uk 

5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Safe Whilst on Holiday

Install timers on your electrics 

Putting your lights, radios and even TV on a timer can give the illusion that your property hasn’t been left unattended. Be sure to alter the timers to vary when your appliances go on. If someone is watching the neighbourhood, they will notice a pattern of everything going on and off at the same time and get suspicious. Some timers can be altered using your smartphone.  

Beware of social media 

Capturing your holiday and putting it on social media is a great way to preserve memories and give your friends holiday envy. Although, this is a massive tell-tale sign that you have left your property unattended. Try saving the images and posting them when you are back home. 

Ensure everywhere is locked 

This may seem obvious but ensuring that all windows, doors, gates and outbuildings are locked will stop anyone entering your property without force. This can be enough to put some criminals off as it means they won’t have to leave evidence of their entry.  

Invest in electronic security  

There is evidence which shows that CCTV and house alarms act as a deterrent for burglars. Although you can’t do much if this happens whilst you are away, your alarm can sound and alert the police to come to the property and the CCTV can provide the needed evidence.  

Ask a neighbour to check on the house or hire a house sitter 

Asking someone to put the bins out or collect the mail from underneath the mailbox every couple of days can help to keep your property appearing a lived in as possible. Even asking a friend or family member to house sit for you can give the extra peace of mind that someone is there and looking after your home.