Michigan High School Installing Cameras During Spring Break

Michigan High School Installing Cameras During Spring Break

Benton Harbor Area Schools is installing new surveillance cameras inside Benton Harbor High School.

Benton Harbor High School is installing 250 security cameras in and around the campus while students and staff are out on spring break this week.

“That’s going to be full coverage of the entire high school as well as 10 card access doors around the perimeter,” said Troy Boone, chief operating officer with Benton Harbor Area Schools.

Boone said every part of the high school—except for locker rooms and restrooms—will be monitored by cameras, including classrooms. There will also be 26 cameras placed outside of the school to monitor the parking lots, sidewalks and doors.

According to Boone, the $358,971 in funding for the project will come from the $2 million Public Safety/Gang Prevention grant Benton Harbor Area Schools received from the Michigan Department of Education in 2016.

Boone said the cameras will be high resolution and have digital zoom capabilities. The school resource officer area will include three or four large televisions where 30 to 40 cameras can be monitored on each screen.

Some of the video cameras will record constantly, while others will be motion activated. Boone said recordings will be saved for 30 days.

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