Israeli Police informed the public on Sunday that closed-circuit security cameras have been installed in 12 schools across the country as part of an Education Ministry pilot project.

The cameras will be directly connected to police command centers to enable fast response to criminal acts.

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The initiators of the project hope to see whether the camera system will lower the level of violence at schools.

A 2006 Education Ministry study found that in 2005 "moderate" physical violence occurred in over half of Israeli schools, while "serious" physical violence involving injury or threats took place in one out of every five schools. According to the study, close to half of all students described the atmosphere in their school as violent, while. 27.2% said they felt unsafe at school. In addition, 3.7% of students reported carrying "cold weapons" such as knives to school, while 1.5% reported carrying firearms.

Talya Halkin contributed to this report.

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