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Security cameras now installed on Placer High campus


Placer High School has installed 30 additional security cameras to improve school security and safety. Placer’s campus will be monitored constantly throughout the school day. The cost of these cameras is approximately $312,300. 

Currently, Placer has seven security cameras on the lower campus, primarily in the learning commons and cafeteria. There will be a new multi-sensor camera with light technology on the wall of rooms 500 and 505. The multi-sensor cameras will have three cameras in each individual camera

“I think cameras are invaluable for school safety because students and non-students will know their actions are being recorded,”  said Placer High School’s assistant principal Tim Trokey.     

There are students who are not quite sure whether security cameras are truly needed. Although some students are concerned about being ‘ ‘watched” all the time others think it is time to have better security.

“Every other school has cameras but we are just an old school that hasn’t got them yet,” said Placer High School’s senior Kristen Rice.

Placer, which was established in 1897, is one of the oldest schools in Placer County.

Rex Stanley, a junior at Placer agreed, “I think if there are cameras around the school it will make the school a safer place.”

“I think cameras will help detect people committing crimes such as breaking in or vandalism,” said freshman Braiden Bell.

Since Covid, there has been a big increase in bathroom vandalism.   It is hopeful that the cameras will deter more vandalism.

“I do think the cameras are going to be good, there have been several occurrences of vandalism and property damage and I think it would be nice to be able to feel safer,” said science teacher Amanda Roberts.

 All administrators and campus safety monitors will have access to the cameras throughout the day.   Cameras will record all events that happen after school and can be viewed if necessary. 

Hopefully, everyone feels a little bit safer knowing that we have more security around the Placer High campus. Placer hopes this will help stop criminals, vandalism, and other harmful things.

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