Home and Community Safety & Health

Students feel less safe in schools with indoor security cameras: study

security camera
Photo: SPmemory/iStockphoto

Tempe, AZ — Schools equipped with indoor security cameras can make students feel less secure, suggests a recent study from Arizona State University.

Researchers surveyed nearly 55,000 students from 98 middle schools and high schools in Maryland. Trained observers assessed the schools’ security measures, such as personnel and cameras. The researchers then examined “the association between school security officers and cameras and students’ perceptions of safety, equity and support,” the study abstract states.

Results showed that the students’ perceptions of all three characteristics were lower in schools that made “greater use of security cameras” inside the building. Meanwhile, a “moderate level of security camera use” outside a school was linked to higher perceptions of support, and the presence of security officers was linked to a greater level of safety.

“Our findings may suggest that outside cameras and security may be perceived by students as safekeeping, whereas inside cameras may evoke feelings of being viewed as potential perpetrators who need surveillance,” the study conclusion states.

The study was published online Sept. 6 in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Post a comment to this article

Safety+Health welcomes comments that promote respectful dialogue. Please stay on topic. Comments that contain personal attacks, profanity or abusive language – or those aggressively promoting products or services – will be removed. We reserve the right to determine which comments violate our comment policy. (Anonymous comments are welcome; merely skip the “name” field in the comment box. An email address is required but will not be included with your comment.)