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Ohio State University Expanding Use Of Surveillance Cameras On Campus


UPDATED: Wednesday February 6, 2013 5:26 PM

Ohio State University officials say they are in the process of upgrading the backbone of their security system.
 
The campus is installing more electronic surveillance cameras to keep the campus safe and aid police officers.
 
“If there’s something going on, then we should have a camera available to tell him what’s going on around him,” said Ronald Balser, the OSU Director of Security and Protective Services.
 
Officials are able to monitor all 1,800 cameras on campus in one room.
 
In the past, the campus only has been able to use one vendor for cameras, but now they can use any brand of cameras with the upgraded system, according to Balser.
 
Officials said having options will bring down the costs.
 
Some students said that they thought the extra security could help campus safety.
 
“They could increase the police around here, too, but security cameras, it might work,” student Adrian Carty said.
 
Abbi Hastings said she also thought the cameras could help.
 
“I think it will be good,” Hastings said. “Last year, they had a bunch of problems. We kept getting emails about all the crimes going on.”
 
Ohio State officials said that they also planned to install new security cameras at its branch campuses.

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