Swedish schools tighten security

An increasing number of schools in Sweden have begun installing surveillance cameras to monitor pupils' behaviour.

Ten years ago, Tensta Gymnasium in Stockholm was the only school in the country with security cameras. This year alone, however, 104 schools schools have received permission to begin using the technology.

Tighter security has also taken on other forms. More and more schools require pupils and staff to wear visible identity badges, while entrance guards and security firms have also become more common. At least one school has plans to install a metal detector, Dagens Nyheter reports.

Schools in Skåne have applied for the largest number of camera licences, with 782 cameras divided among 77 schools. Västra Götaland has 370 cameras in 59 schools, while Stockholm has 435 cameras in 47 schools. Some schools in Malmö have 25 to 35 cameras.

“There has been a huge increase in outdoor surveillance cameras in Skåne over the last three years,” said county council spokeswoman Danielle Lindgren.

Schools do need to seek approval for the use of cameras inside school buildings, although they are legally required to put up signs alerting pupils to the fact that there are surveillance cameras in operation.