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CUSD to Step-Up Campus Surveillance

The board of trustees approved a $751,600 project for more and better cameras to enhance security at CUSD campuses.

Posted: May 22, 2018 3:50 AM
Updated: May 22, 2018 10:24 AM

Chico, Calif.-- The Chico Unified School District is stepping up it's security with a 3- year plan to expand surveillance cameras.

You'll find them throughout campuses in the district, and it all got started in 2016 after a few break-in at PV High and McManus, both CUSD campuses along East Avenue.

The board of trustees Wednesday voted for bigger and better, approving a 3-year, $751,600 spending plan to expand the systems at each school.

Assistant Superintendent Kevin Bultema says it has proven to reduce vandalism on campuses in the past two years, and in a time when school shootings are on the back of all of our minds, the added surveillance may serve many purposes.

"I think when you're mentally unstable, you don't care if there's a security guard, whether there's going ot be a security tape," said student Gwen Clutario.

"The person that's going to come shoot someone? They're not going to care about the camera, and everyone see's who they are anyways, it's not like it's a secret," said Peter Horylev, owner of Brooklyn Bagels in downtown Chico.

Bultema says within the next 3 years, high schools and middle schools in the district should about double the amount of surveillance they have now.

Video surveillance is popping up across the community, from storefronts to private homes, and local residents say they believe it's helping to reduce crime.

"It definitely does, because I think it implies that you can't be here unless you're authorized to be here," said Clutario.

"I think so, and also if something does happent hey have a record of it - we've had things happen out here and the fottage helps the police department," said Horylev.

The new systems will have better quality footage that's easier to pull up, so whatever the threat - a vandal, a burglar - or worse - school officials will be able to turn over the recordings to law enforcement and make it easier to catch criminals.

The project will take three years to complete, and the money comes mostly from redevelopment agencies.

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