Anchorage Takes Steps to Stem Vandalism

The Anchorage School District is adding video surveillance at schools in an attempt to cut down on summer vandalism.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The Anchorage School District is adding video surveillance at schools in an attempt to cut down on summer vandalism.


The district already has surveillance in more than half its buildings.


The district's chief operations officer, Mike Abbott, says state funds are helping pay for the installation of cameras at 15 to 20 more this summer.


No major acts of vandalism have been reported so far this summer, but that hasn't been the experience in recent years. Two summers ago, five West High School students were charged with burglary after entering the high school, knocking over furniture and setting off a fire extinguisher.


The district also has extra eyes in the parking lots. Volunteers park their campers in school lots and alert police if they see anything amiss.