School Security Cameras & Video Surveillance Systems: Pros and Cons

School security cameras have become an important part of keeping students safe while on campus. While there are many advantages to school surveillance systems, it’s important to understand best practices in your planning, investment, and deployment to maximize the benefits. 

In this blog post, we will discuss both the pros and cons of school security cameras and video surveillance systems. Read on to learn about which options would be best for your educational institution.

Pros of School Video Surveillance

Improved Emergency Preparedness and Response

One of the biggest advantages of school security cameras is that they can help improve emergency preparedness and response. In the event of a school shooting, for example, footage from security cameras can be used to identify the shooter and track their movements. This information can then be used to help law enforcement officials respond more quickly and effectively to the situation.

Decrease in Theft, Mischief, Vandalism, and Other Threats

Another big benefit of school security cameras is that they can help to decrease theft, mischief, vandalism, and other potential threats. By having cameras in place, you can deter would-be lawbreakers from attempting to break into school property or commit other crimes. If a crime does occur, footage from the cameras can be used to identify the perpetrator and bring them to justice.

Monitor and Control School Building Access

School security cameras can also be used to monitor and control school building access. This is especially important in schools that have multiple buildings on campus. By having a central surveillance system, you can easily see who is coming and going from each building. This can help to prevent unauthorized visitors from gaining access to school property.

Security Camera Cons 

Unfamiliarity with Funding

While school security cameras can provide a lot of benefits, they can also come with a high price tag. School districts may be unfamiliar with how to fund a surveillance system. 

If your school district isn’t prepared to cover the cost of a school security camera system, it may be difficult to get the funding you need. ANC Group has experience in the education sector and can help you explore your funding options.

Ineffective Video System

Having cameras in the right locations around the school is important for safety and security. While school security cameras can be effective in monitoring activity inside of the school, they’re also important outside of the school. Cameras should be placed outside on the school grounds, as well as inside of the school, to maximize security. If administrators have placed cameras in unstrategic locations, surveillance is rendered useless and unhelpful.  

Local Backup

Local backup isn’t recommended, as there are errors and issues that can occur. Having a cloud-based surveillance system can help to optimize your security camera system. By using the cloud, you can access your school’s surveillance footage from anywhere, and the footage can be saved and backed up securely.

IT Provider Not Involved

One of the main disadvantages of school security cameras is that they can be difficult to set up and operate without help from an IT provider. If you’re not working with an IT provider, you may not be aware if your system is optimized and working properly. This could lead to problems and inefficiencies with your school security camera system.

How to Choose the Right School Security Cameras: An Investment for Your School 

When you’re looking at purchasing a security camera for your school, you want to make sure that you’re investing your money in the right system that will support all of your school’s needs. 

Video surveillance systems can range from hundreds of dollars for a consumer grade security system to thousands of dollars for a professional system. Here are a few things to consider when making a selection:  

  • Location of cameras – it’s beneficial to have cameras both inside and outside your building. Cameras outside should be weatherproof to avoid damage.


  • Megapixels (MP) of the cameras – higher MP gives better facial recognition, license tag reading, and other details that matter.


  • Some cameras can follow the subject with PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) and can be manually or automatically controlled upon spotting a subject (depending on the camera).  


  • Cameras can be wireless or wired.


  • Cameras can be integrated with your other security devices, such as vape detectors, streamlining your configuration.


  • Videos can be recorded and saved locally or in the cloud. Cloud storage yields more storage space than local storage.


  • Some cameras offer subscription/recurring fees for video storage. Make sure to verify with the company you purchase from.


  • Location of the video monitoring displays – you may want the displays to be in the front office, for example, for more convenient and visible monitoring.


  • Reports can be made available through your VMS (video management system).


  • Funding may be available to help you pay for your school security.


ANC Group can advise you on the best features that will meet the needs of your particular school, and make sure you have everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Secure Your School with ANC Group Today! 

Take some time to weigh the pros and cons of school security cameras before making a decision for your school. Consider your budget, the privacy concerns of your students and parents, and the level of security you need. With careful planning, you can find a school security camera system that meets your needs and provides a safe learning environment for your students.

To learn more about professional school surveillance solutions, reach out to a representative from ANC Group today. We’ve helped dozens of schools become more secure through technology and we’d love to assist you as well.