New Security System In the Works At UK

May 12, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky is implementing new security measures over the next several months in an effort to improve safety for students and workers.

Students received an email from the school this month outlining details of the plan and new policies that will go into effect over the next nine months.

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe told WKYT-TV that the school is spending nearly $5 million on the project.

"We're putting in numerous cameras around campus that will give us the capability to look and see what crimes are occurring on campus and capture security footage to deter crime," Monroe said.

UK freshman Patrick Muldoon says he thinks the changes need to be made.

"The email said that you have to get your ID updated before next year and that there are going to be more security precautions on campus. I think it's a step in the right direction," Muldoon said.

Some students said it isn't unusual to feel unsafe around the campus at times.

"At night when I'm walking by myself I feel that way because you never know what's going to happen," said UK Freshman Heather Pattison.

Over the last year, there have been reports of students being mugged, harmed or harassed while on campus at UK.

Monroe says the new security cameras will put extra eyes and ears around the campus and make it easier to catch suspects.

"If something happens then they'll have proof of what happened. I think it's awesome that they're cracking down on security," Pattison said.

WKYT-TV reports that employees, campus police and students are pleased about the changes and hope they bring about a safer environment at the school.

The university began issuing new ID cards on May 1. Officials say students and workers have through Sept. 6 to get one.