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11/28/2012 12:28:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Photo by Kacie Thrift
One of six new security cameras installed at Cashmere School District schools. This one was installed in the high school front parking lot last week. These security cameras have been installed to catch those who vandalize or steal from the school district. Two cameras has been installed at each school building.
Security cameras installed at school buildings
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

Six security cameras were installed at the Cashmere High School, Cashmere Middle School, and Vale Elementary last week in an attempt to prevent vandalism and other destruction of the buildings and school district property.

Cashmere High School Vice Principal Scott Brown, Cashmere Middle School Principal Rob Cline, and Cashmere School District Computer Technician Juan Valle have been researching the use of security cameras for all three schools.

The idea of installing security cameras has been a long process for the school district. Brown said it has been on the agenda for some time. District staff have finally been able to get to it and proceed with the installment.

Issues of vandalism, burglary, and damage to cars have been a problem at the school buildings for over six years. Brown said he hopes the security cameras will curb vandalism on people's cars and drivers who leave after fender benders. The middle school and elementary school have also had issues with vandalism. Vale has had two reported burglaries in the past four months.

"We have set up cameras in the areas we want to have an extra set of eyes for," Brown said. "The idea is to prevent individuals from continuing to do the stuff that has been going on."

Brown said last week's installment of security cameras has nothing to do with one particular event but instead a wide variety of events that have taken place at all three school buildings over the last few years.

Security cameras have been installed to cover the front parking lot of the high school, the back of the middle school, and two different areas of concern at the elementary school. Brown said the one of the reasons for mounting two of the cameras to cover the front parking lot at the high school is to protect those who park their cars there.

"I hope this will be a preventative action but right now the cameras will probably work as a way to catch the people who are doing these things," Cline said.

On Oct. 22 the Cashmere School Board Committee looked over three proposals for the six security cameras and installment. School Board Vice Chairman Tracy Franklin made a motion to approve the purchase of a security system from Corban Security, out of Wenatchee. All board members were in favor of purchasing security cameras through Corban Security.

The reasons for choosing Corban Security include the price, quality of customer service, and the type of equipment they had compared to what the school was looking for. The school district has the ability to increase the coverage area relatively easily since the system from Corban Security is expandable.

Brown said it is likely the school district will have more cameras installed in the future.

The cost for the system was approximately $12,536 after taxes. Part of the costs will be paid for by the Class of 2012 because they left $3,200 to be used for a camera system as their class gift.

The cameras will be on and recording at all times of the day, seven days a week. Brown said there is no reason for the cameras to be shut off and they will act as a watch dog at all times. He said there will not be a district employee stationed, monitoring the cameras but the film will be looked at any time there are issues of vandalism, car accidents, etc.

"We are excited about these new security cameras," Brown said. "There has been discussion about putting cameras up at the school for the last six years and we have been looking into it for the past six years. We are excited to finally have them up and running."

The video surveillance system is to keep the school buildings safe from intrusion but also reduce potential liability of the school district. A professionally installed video surveillance system will allow the school district to make a positive identification when the school or cars in the parking lot are vandalized.

Corban Security has designed a complete system to meet the school district's needs and have placed the cameras in the areas the school district staff has designated as the greatest need for security cameras. Each video security camera can be monitored from any location throughout the world.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.

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