Investigative video

Dare County Schools fight multi-campus crime

"Students understand these cameras are in place for safety and that the high expectations for student behavior at our school will be taught and reinforced by all adults using any and all means available to us." - Dr. Gregory Florence, Principal of Kitty Hawk Elementary School in Dare County.


After repeated break-ins at one of its secondary schools and a rash of petty thefts and vandalism at several others, Dare County Schools in North Carolina’s Outer Banks decided it was time to install network cameras inside its buildings. Though they already had analog cameras monitoring school exteriors, the district wanted to move away from its VHS recording system to an automated digital solution that would operate over the existing fiber network and allow administrators to view and manipulate cameras remotely.


Carl Woody, network engineer for the Dare County Schools, bought an array of Axis network cameras, video management software and video encoders from Axis partner CDW and spent a month deploying the solution in eight of the district’s 11 elementary, middle and high schools. The principals and authorized staff at each school can monitor the network cameras in their own buildings. Woody configured the system so that he, the Superintendent of Schools and a few other district individuals have remote access to all the network cameras throughout the school district.


The network video system has already helped police apprehend and prosecute the thief responsible for repeated break-ins at the Cape Hatteras Secondary School. Though the video is rarely monitored live, each middle and high school in the district has its own Safety/Security Resource Officer who may opt to view live feeds from the network cameras should a situation arise.

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