Georgia State Adds 500 Security Cameras
The cameras are part of a major security upgrade that comes after several criminal incidents on campus.
After a series of robberies, Georgia State University has added around 500 security cameras to its campus to improve security.
Most of the cameras were installed inside and outside of a new residence hall and at the library, reports wfxg.com.
The campus now has approximately 1,500 cameras around campus, including more than 200 in the library.
“We’re particularly glad to have complete coverage in all the stairwells,” acting Police Chief Carlton Mullis says. “It was the president’s top priority that we get these initiatives started and completed.”
The cameras’ footage quality has also been improved and the cameras will record 24/7. Campus Safety previously reported that the university’s camera footage will now be accessible to the Atlanta Police Department as part of a systems integration in March.
In addition to the cameras, GSU has added more officers to its previous department force of 85 state-certified police officers, 35 full time security guards, 15 part time guards, 10 communication dispatchers and eight supporting staff members.
The security upgrades are a response to several students being robbed on campus last year, many of them in the library. In some cases, the robberies involved guns. A new policy will also require students to show their IDs before they can enter the library and the building has been closed to the public.
Campus Safety previously reported that the GSU police chief was demoted in March following a double shooting in a campus parking lot that involved one student.
GSU’s 518-acre campus is located in downtown Atlanta and has an enrollment of around 32,800.
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