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A New First Line Of Defense

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Summary:
The mugger grabbed the woman’s purse, pushed her against her car, and ran
away… straight into a golf cart driven by campus police. The mugger was
caught, placed in handcuffs, and held until county sheriff’s deputies
arrived to take the miscreant away. The woman got her purse back. Then,
turning to the security camera covering the action in the parking lot,
Campus Police Sergeant Jack Emmett gave a thumbs-up to Campus Police
Chief Sam Acres… and unhandcuffed Campus Police O...


Keywords:
crime,rape,child care


Article Body:
The mugger grabbed the woman’s purse, pushed her against her car, and ran
away… straight into a golf cart driven by campus police. The mugger was
caught, placed in handcuffs, and held until county sheriff’s deputies
arrived to take the miscreant away. The woman got her purse back. Then,
turning to the security camera covering the action in the parking lot,
Campus Police Sergeant Jack Emmett gave a thumbs-up to Campus Police
Chief Sam Acres… and unhandcuffed Campus Police Officer Gregory Layne.
The test was a success.

Fraleigh College isn’t the only gathering-place installing security
cameras in order to make people safer. The Northside Church of Clement
has also put the cameras up in its parking lots, monitored by a security
officer in the office who is in constant radio contact with her fellows
in the field. “We’ve got a lot of people here after dark – especially
moms with their young children,” Security Director Christine Fargo said.
“Pastor Jake asked me how we could make them safer.”

The answer Northside and Fraleigh both discovered was closed-circuit
video monitoring of their parking lots and other open areas during hours
of darkness. “During the daytime, we’ve got good visual coverage of
these areas without cameras,” Acres assured me. “At night, with the
recent uptick in violent crime, we decided we needed an extra edge.
Fortunately, the Trustees agreed and ponied up for the system.”

Jacob “Pastor Jake” Pascal, Northside’s spiritual leader, also found the
cameras to be a worthy investment. “We can only afford so many security
officers. The cameras increase their effectiveness. They’re our new
first line of defense.” With the new evening children’s programs at the
church, Pascal says, it was time for new ideas. And with the new
advances in camera technology, “it was a no-brainer,” Fargo said.

				
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