35 new security cameras now in place across Morehouse, AUC campusesDate Released: January 24, 2017
Morehouse College, the Atlanta University Center Consortium and the City of Atlanta are teaming up to crack down on crime. On Tuesday, they announced 35 new security cameras and five license plate readers have been placed across the campuses of Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta and Morehouse School of Medicine.
The high-tech cameras feature HDTV resolution, pan-tilt operations and are vandal resistant. The cameras stream to a server at the AUC Woodruff Library and will be integrated into the Atlanta Police Department’s system.
“The state-of-the-art technology will go a long way in protecting students, staff and anyone who visits these historic campuses,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said at the press conference.
Campus safety has long been a top priority for Morehouse President Dr. John S. Wilson. On his very first day on the job, Wilson learned a student was the victim of an armed robbery. Days later, he had to respond to another crime on campus involving a student.
Shortly after those two incidents, Wilson requested a meeting with Reed to discuss safety on campus and in the surrounding Westside neighborhood. Wilson, who is also the chair of the Council of Presidents for the AUC, worked with his counterparts at the other AUC institutions to devise a plan. Each school contributed $100,000 to the funding of the new camera system and the City of Atlanta came up with the remaining $300,000 needed.
Wilson hopes the cameras will be a deterrent to criminals targeting Morehouse and AUC students.
“The crime has gone down, but it hasn’t gone to zero. These cameras will help bring it to zero,” Wilson said. “When our students feel safe, that’s when they can learn the most.”
In addition to the City of Atlanta and APD, the AUC also worked with the University Community Development Corp. in this public-private partnership.
Last Modified: May 31, 2017, 15:05 PM, by: Synera Shelton
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