Aug. 13, 2004

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Contact: Schuyler Bailey, KU Public Safety, (785) 864-5906.

Security system in parking lots to increase personal safety at KU this fall

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Public Safety Office this fall is adding a new security system to increase safety in campus parking lots.

Director Ralph Oliver said the Public Safety Office was in the process of acquiring and installing a closed-circuit television system that primarily will monitor parking lots. The equipment will be installed in phases. First priority will be given to lots near the Daisy Hill residence halls, lots near the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics and the Lied Center, and the area surrounding Gertrude Sellards Pearson residence hall.

"Although the primary purpose of the new system is personal security, we continue to ask that people be aware of their surroundings," Oliver said.

The concept is to have staff members monitor the system and dispatch patrol officers in case of emergency.

Oliver said Public Safety would continue to work with the Campus Safety Advisory Board, a committee of students and administrators who research safety concerns and make recommendations for improvements each year.

Ken Stoner, director of student housing and Campus Safety Advisory Board member, said improvements being considered this year included additional lighting at several locations across campus and new crosswalks on West Campus Road and 15th Street.

In addition to the new safety features on campus, KU police officers patrol campus 24 hours a day in cars, on bicycles and by foot. Uniformed security officers offer supplemental assistance by securing academic buildings during evening hours. Security officers also report mechanical problems so they can be addressed quickly.

The department's communication center is staffed 24 hours a day with personnel dispatching police and emergency medical and fire services.

The university has implemented an enhanced 911 system, which identifies and displays the location of calls made from campus phones. The feature is especially important for those new to the university and needing assistance.

Property crimes such as theft account for the majority of all crimes reported on campus. Students can lower their risk of being a victim of a property crime by never leaving their valuables unattended. Violent crimes account for fewer than 1 percent of all reported crimes.

Additional information about safety on campus and campus crime statistics is available at the KU Public Safety Office Web site,


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