Ramping up its efforts to reduce property loss on its campuses, the La Cañada Unified School District will install up to 10 security cameras at all four school sites as early as this summer.
“We are concerned with the vandalism that is going on at the sites,” said Mike Leininger, the district’s assistant superintendent of facilities and operations. “There has been an increase in the theft of copper and brass with the economy going down.”
Leininger recalls an incident at the beginning of this year where some brass and large copper pipes were installed. A short time afterward, the pipes vanished.
“We didn’t even have time to put a cage around [the installation],” Leininger said.
It’s been a goal of the school board to add security cameras to its schools for the past two years, but it’s becoming a reality this year because the district finished other construction work under budget, thanks to a favorable bid market, Leininger said. He expects the camera installations will take place in August, after summer school is finished.