Austin, Texas – Approval of security cameras in schools has reached a new high. According to an Eagle Eye Networks study, 72 percent of U.S. adults favor the use of video surveillance in schools, a seven percentage point increase from last year when the approval rating was 65 percent.
The 1,500 respondent national survey covered all levels of schooling — from pre-school to college —when asking adults whether they approved of security cameras in schools. Among the respondents, 28 percent are against having them in schools.
Respondents who approved of their use were asked to cite its positive merits. To “identify criminals and facts after events” was the highest scored merit at 64 percent, second was “real-time insights during emergencies” at 59 percent, “deterring crimes” was at 57 percent, and last at 46 percent was “improving general student behavior.”
A majority of respondents (56 percent) agreed that visible security cameras would reduce bullying in schools.
A large amount of those surveyed (72 percent) agreed that parents should be able to see video of children in K-12, while 28 percent were opposed to it. Specifically of those who said “yes” for viewing video of their children in grades K-12, 33 percent said they should be able to view the video anytime and 39 percent only in the case of an incident. The opinion on parents viewing security cam footage for children in pre-K or daycare was notably different, with 53 percent saying “yes, anytime.”
Respondents were also asked to cite the top hurdles to schools adopting video surveillance. Funding limitations (32 percent) and privacy concerns (23 percent) were the top hurdles cited, with the approval process for security cams, a perceived low value, and set-up and maintenance each all scoring seven percent.
You can see the full detailed Eagle Eye Network sponsored survey here.