Camera FAQ & Sample Review Checklist
Cameras have typically been used to capture something bad that has occurred. For example, they could be used to identify theft or other criminal activity, to figure out what caused a slip, trip, fall in the hallway, or to identify an unbiased timeline of an aquatics event in the pool. However, cameras are also a great tool to prevent child sexual abuse, and they give leadership insight into the day-to-day operations of all programs.
- Where should my organization install cameras?
Cameras can be beneficial in entry/exit points, high-traffic areas, fitness areas, gyms, pools, childcare areas, and parking lots.
- What should I consider when selecting a camera?
Below are a few things to consider when selecting a camera:
- Determine how long footage is stored and the process for retrieving it. If an incident were to occur, you would want the ability to access the footage quickly and smoothly.
- Ensure that the cameras have the right specs for the space. For example, cameras in an outdoor pool area need to tolerate humidity and outdoor elements.
- Make sure the camera placement captures as much of the space as possible. If needed, install two cameras in a space for full coverage.
- How often should footage be reviewed?
Regularly monitor and inspect your cameras to make sure they are working properly and are clean. While cameras do not need to be constantly monitored, your organization should set up a system for how often it is reviewed. This can be a way to implement spot checks and can be a method for performance management. Download our sample camera review checklist above.
- Why is reviewing camera footage regularly important?
Camera footage should not just be reviewed when something goes wrong. If reviewed regularly, leadership can identify and reinforce positive behavior across all staff, and address any inappropriate or undesirable behavior.
- Who should have access to our organization’s camera footage?
Several people should have access to your organization’s camera footage for accountability and transparency purposes. When multiple people have access, it becomes more challenging for any single party to manipulate or misrepresent the recorded information.