Surveillance Cameras Installed at Univ. of Maryland for Dorm Security

The university is hoping the cameras deter students from crime and prevent tailgating.

Security cameras have been installed in several of the University of Maryland’s dorm buildings in recent months with plans for installations to continue.

The cameras were approved by the university’s Residence Hall Association last year and installations first began in January, according to

University officials say they hope the cameras will catch people tailgating (which is when people walk in close behind a dorm resident to gain access to the building).

“We were hoping that the addition of security cameras would deter people from stealing, and if there are thefts, there are security cameras that police can look over,” Residential Facilities Advisory Board Committee Chair Ivey Tucker says.

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A university police spokesperson says the cameras have already been used to investigate at least two cases. They can be used to investigate incidents inside and outside the dorm buildings.

Resident Hall Association President Steve Chen, a senior, says the cameras will also help assure students that they’re in a safe environment.

The university is using funds from Residential Facilities for the installations.

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