The average American is captured on a closed-circuit television camera 200 times a day, according to a major documentary on the subject of hidden security.
For students, around 25 percent of that may occur during school.
The cameras set up in and around Penn Manor High School can record a student almost 50 times a day, and the cameras also cover the sports fields and streets surrounding the grounds, according to school resource officer, Jason Hottenstein.
Most of Penn Manor’s cameras were received through a donation, and while there are currently no plans to add more, upgraded models are being eyed, according to Hottenstein.
The number of cameras in Lancaster city currently outweighs those in larger cities, like Boston and San Francisco, and recently, Lancaster’s cameras made national news, and was named “The most watched city in the U.S.”
The problem is, a record of the event is excellent evidence, but the threat of a record is a poor deterrent.
These camera systems are not always effective at preventing theft and violence. The CCTV system of Baltimore city is being dismantled because, according to the state attorney’s office, “We have not used any footage to resolve a violent-crime case.”
In other words, Big Brother isn’t doing his job.
And even though students might feel “watched,” they should count themselves lucky; cameras in dressing rooms and public restrooms are legal in 37 states, Pennsylvania included.
In fact, security cameras are now so common, 2009 saw the release of a docu-fiction titled Look, billed as “the ultimate look at our big brother world.” It is shot entirely through CCTV footage.
by Kennedy Phillips