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Installation of 300 new cameras on campus complete

March 30, 2022
<p>Yakeley Hall photographed on Jan. 27, 2020. </p>

Yakeley Hall photographed on Jan. 27, 2020.

Photo by Lauren DeMay | The State News

The project to install over 300 updated and additional cameras on campus is complete, according to an email sent by LiveOn March 29. Cameras were installed following safety concerns in and around the university. 

“Cameras have been strategically placed to enhance the overall safety and security of the residence halls,” LiveOn wrote in the email. 

Placement of cameras pays attention to entries and exits, common areas and areas where cash or card transactions occur. 

“We continue to review placement as part of our commitment to safety and security. Cameras were not placed in residential rooms, bathrooms and restrooms,” LiveOn wrote. 

All on-campus residence halls and apartments now have updated cameras. Minor repair work is still being done at some installation sites.

“The safety and health of our campus is always first and foremost,” Deputy Spokesperson Dan Olsen said. “We're pleased that this project is now complete, in some ways, adding to our camera apparatus across the university, and also making sure we've got the most up to date camera equipment that is available to us.”

Olsen noted other safety precautions implemented by MSU, including the SafeMSU app — featuring the virtual friend walk — upgrades to lighting across campus and temporary fencing along the Red Cedar River. 

“We're always having conversations about ways in which we can continue to improve the safety and well being of our campus community, and that will always continue,” Olsen said.

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