Hong Kong News

Nonpartisan, Noncommercial, unconstrained.
Saturday, May 25, 2024

Hong Kong police recommend installing CCTV cameras in classrooms to prevent crime

Hong Kong police recommend installing CCTV cameras in classrooms to prevent crime

But one lawmaker says pupils and teachers will feel nervous with security cameras watching lessons.

Hong Kong police have recommended installing security cameras in classrooms to help prevent crime, but lawmakers and school principals say such monitoring could make pupils and teachers uncomfortable.

The Education Bureau on Friday said it was up to schools to decide whether to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras but reminded them to take into account the views of different stakeholders.

Police made the suggestion on their new “SafeCity.HK” website, which was launched on Tuesday and offers crime prevention tips for schools, hotels, residential sites and retail areas.

Pupils at a flag-raising ceremony in Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.

The website outlined 21 “best practices” for schools, including eight recommendations for setting up CCTV cameras in various areas on the premises.

“The security of schools is very important. Take care of the safety of young students!” the website said.

The eight locations are classrooms, main entrances, corridors, staircases, car parks, reception areas, places storing valuable property and the school perimeter.

Police also offered advice on storing chemicals safely and installing security measures such as fences and motion sensors.

Commissioner of Police Raymond Siu Chak-yee on Tuesday said promoting community engagement was one of the force’s major strategic directions to prevent crime.

“The concerted efforts and collaboration of police, citizens and various community organisations also [play] an important role in maintaining law and order and ensuring that Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world,” he said.

A police spokeswoman said the recommendations would help the public and different organisations prevent several types of crimes such as theft and burglary.

“The organisations concerned should consider how to adopt the recommendations based on the actual situation,” she said.

Tang Fei, a lawmaker and a secondary school principal, said teachers and students would feel nervous with security cameras in the classrooms and they might also worry about their conversations being recorded.

But Tang said the cameras could be useful in preventing violence and theft in classrooms. He urged schools to consult all stakeholders before adopting such measures.

Tang Fei, a lawmaker and a secondary school principal.

Chu Kwok-keung, a lawmaker representing the education sector and a primary school principal, said the monitoring system might lead to teachers and pupils feeling uneasy, adding that installing security cameras was not needed on most campuses.

“If the individual schools have serious student behaviour problems or theft, they could consider setting up CCTV cameras after fully consulting every stakeholder,” he said. “Some parents may be unhappy about such measures and may take action against the plans.”

In 2021, some pro-establishment lawmakers suggested installing surveillance cameras in classrooms and called on authorities to step up the monitoring of teachers who made “subversive remarks” against the government.

Secretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin, then undersecretary for education, said at the time it was up to individual schools to take measures they saw fit to “prevent crime”, though monitoring efforts would have to be in line with existing privacy laws.

A spokeswoman for the Education Bureau on Friday said it was up to schools to decide whether to install cameras.

“Schools have to consider [the monitoring system’s] necessity, rationality and openness and obtain the [views] of stakeholders to strike a reasonable balance between security and privacy,” she said.

She reminded schools to comply with personal privacy regulations and relevant guidelines on setting up CCTV cameras issued by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data.

A spokesman for the commissioner said any individual or entity that uses CCTV cameras to identify specific people or compile information about them must comply with the requirements of the privacy law.


Related Articles

Hong Kong News
It's always the people with the dirty hands pointing their fingers
Paper straws found to contain long-lasting and potentially toxic chemicals - study
FTX's Bankman-Fried headed for jail after judge revokes bail
Blackrock gets half a trillion dollar deal to rebuild Ukraine
Steve Jobs' Son Launches Venture Capital Firm With $200 Million For Cancer Treatments
Google reshuffles Assistant unit, lays off some staffers, to 'supercharge' products with A.I.
End of Viagra? FDA approved a gel against erectile dysfunction
UK sanctions Russians judges over dual British national Kara-Murza's trial
US restricts visa-free travel for Hungarian passport holders because of security concerns
America's First New Nuclear Reactor in Nearly Seven Years Begins Operations
Southeast Asia moves closer to economic unity with new regional payments system
Political leader from South Africa, Julius Malema, led violent racist chants at a massive rally on Saturday
Today Hunter Biden’s best friend and business associate, Devon Archer, testified that Joe Biden met in Georgetown with Russian Moscow Mayor's Wife Yelena Baturina who later paid Hunter Biden $3.5 million in so called “consulting fees”
'I am not your servant': IndiGo crew member, passenger get into row over airline meal
Singapore Carries Out First Execution of a Woman in Two Decades Amid Capital Punishment Debate
Spanish Citizenship Granted to Iranian chess player who removed hijab
US Senate Republican Mitch McConnell freezes up, leaves press conference
Speaker McCarthy says the United States House of Representatives is getting ready to impeach Joe Biden.
San Francisco car crash
This camera man is a genius
3D ad in front of Burj Khalifa
Next level gaming
BMW driver…
Google testing journalism AI. We are doing it already 2 years, and without Google biased propoganda and manipulated censorship
Unlike illegal imigrants coming by boats - US Citizens Will Need Visa To Travel To Europe in 2024
Musk announces Twitter name and logo change to X.com
The politician and the journalist lost control and started fighting on live broadcast.
The future of sports
Unveiling the Black Hole: The Mysterious Fate of EU's Aid to Ukraine
Farewell to a Music Titan: Tony Bennett, Renowned Jazz and Pop Vocalist, Passes Away at 96
Alarming Behavior Among Florida's Sharks Raises Concerns Over Possible Cocaine Exposure
Transgender Exclusion in Miss Italy Stirs Controversy Amidst Changing Global Beauty Pageant Landscape
Joe Biden admitted, in his own words, that he delivered what he promised in exchange for the $10 million bribe he received from the Ukraine Oil Company.
TikTok Takes On Spotify And Apple, Launches Own Music Service
Global Trend: Using Anti-Fake News Laws as Censorship Tools - A Deep Dive into Tunisia's Scenario
Arresting Putin During South African Visit Would Equate to War Declaration, Asserts President Ramaphosa
Hacktivist Collective Anonymous Launches 'Project Disclosure' to Unearth Information on UFOs and ETIs
Typo sends millions of US military emails to Russian ally Mali
Server Arrested For Theft After Refusing To Pay A Table's $100 Restaurant Bill When They Dined & Dashed
The Changing Face of Europe: How Mass Migration is Reshaping the Political Landscape
China Urges EU to Clarify Strategic Partnership Amid Trade Tensions
The Last Pour: Anchor Brewing, America's Pioneer Craft Brewer, Closes After 127 Years
Democracy not: EU's Digital Commissioner Considers Shutting Down Social Media Platforms Amid Social Unrest
Sarah Silverman and Renowned Authors Lodge Copyright Infringement Case Against OpenAI and Meta
Why Do Tech Executives Support Kennedy Jr.?
The New York Times Announces Closure of its Sports Section in Favor of The Athletic
BBC Anchor Huw Edwards Hospitalized Amid Child Sex Abuse Allegations, Family Confirms
Florida Attorney General requests Meta CEO's testimony on company's platforms' alleged facilitation of illicit activities
The Distorted Mirror of actual approval ratings: Examining the True Threat to Democracy Beyond the Persona of Putin
40,000 child slaves in Congo are forced to work in cobalt mines so we can drive electric cars.