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Campus Security Cameras Prevent Crime

CAMPUSTOWN--     University Police are touting the expansive security camera network for aiding in the arrest of a sexual predator early Sunday morning. Detective Tim Hetrick says, "We couldn't have made that arrest without having that video available in that timely manner."

Within 45 minutes of the crime being reported, officers identified the image of the assailant pulled from security footage. Adds Hetrick, "I think that it would have eventually happened, but the fact that the video was there and available immediately to our telecommunicators, just really sped things up by possibly days."

Officers say crime rises with the temperatures as the number of potential victims walking around increases. University Police Captain Roy Acree: "As the weather gets nicer, there are more people out. The more people out and about, the more opportunities for somebody who's wanting to commit a crime like a robbery, has that opportunity to do so."

Police say there are several strategies designed to help keep students out of dangerous situations, most of which include simply sticking together. Says Acree, "Take advantage of the bus service, take advantage of taxi service, take advantage of Safe Walks, which is run through our student patrol program."

The Safe Walks program assures that people don't have to walk alone at night. Students say they still feel safe on campus, but recognize the need to use caution after-hours. Senior Jonathan Dagdagan says, "I think at night-time, maybe walking back from the library, things like that. Just being conscious. Maybe walking with a friend or taking the bus."

Adam Rife reporting