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New cameras increase security at UNCP

By Brian Beck
Guest Writer

UNCP installed 20 new security cameras around campus over the summer to cover areas that were lacking in coverage from the 30 cameras already in service.            

Detective Ed Locklear says that the cameras were installed in or around the University Center, University Village Apartments, the cafeteria, West Hall and Belk Hall.                        

The installation brought the total of in-service cameras across the campus to 50.

Monitors in the campus police station display around-the-clock activity on UNCP campus. UNCP recently added 20 new camers to its security system.

Photo By Mercedes Brito
Monitors in the campus police station display around-the-clock activity on UNCP campus.  UNCP recently added 20 new camers to its security system.
The total cost of installation for all the new cameras was more than $100,000.            

The new cameras have already assisted in one arrest – they caught a suspect in a breaking and entering at Moore Hall.

Each camera is displayed on one of two LCD monitors.             

One monitor is capable of displaying 72 cameras while the other can show 36.                   

Any of the cameras can be clicked to show an enlarged view of the thumbnail.

Locklear says that the move to the location in the back of the new bookstore will also include a second monitor capable of showing 72 different cameras at once.                                                   

The move will happen shortly after the completion of the bookstore in November.            

Locklear also says that, while there is not a person to watch the monitors all of the time, footage is always recorded.                                            
Also, if students see something happening on campus, they can call 910-521-6235 and report it or use one of the emergency phones.

“If the phone rings more than three times, it goes straight to the walkie-talkies,” Locklear said.            

The system can also be used to point cameras elsewhere on the UNCP campus.                                                    

Locklear gave one example, stating that this was done once when there were break-ins at post offices around Robeson County.

A camera was then pointed towards our post office on campus to make it easier to monitor.            

UNCP’s crime rates are lower than many of the other 15 schools in the UNC system.

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