BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Almost all parents would agree, when it comes to school security, too much is never enough. That's why Brunswick County Schools is adding nearly 450 new surveillance cameras by next semester.
However, the new cameras are just one part of a long list of new security system upgrades which school officials believe will make every school in the district safer.
Currently, there are already 377 security cameras in use at schools across Brunswick County. By next semester, 437 new security cameras and a fully integrated computer based security system will be installed.
Craig Eckert with Brunswick County Schools says the new software will be easier to use and allows faster retrieval of stored video.
Additionally, the school board will be upgrading their existing technology to fall in line with the new equipment. The ultimate goal is to have all components working together on the same computer network.
"800 cameras across 19 schools and approximately 50 buildings is not excessive," said Eckert. "I believe Brunswick County parents would like to see their facilities as safe as possible."
Emergency first responders will have access to the video prior to arriving on campus, in the event of an emergency. Plus, the video captured on school cameras can also serve as evidence in court.
Eckert explained that the new cameras are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to improving school security in Brunswick County. Controlled access into school buildings, visitor screening, new fencing, and of course, a law enforcement officer in every school are just a few of the added measures that the school board has made to improve school security.
"People obviously do not want to send their kids to places that they feel are unsafe," said Eckert. "We want to do everything we can to alleviate concerns."
Brunswick County School officials hope to have all of the new cameras and the technology upgraded by July of this year.
Plus, under a new state law, each school receptionist will have a panic button installed under their desk by July of 2015.
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