EUGENE, Ore, -- In light of the recent crimes around the University of Oregon, campus police are stepping up security measures to make sure students are safe.
University of Oregon police have added security cameras in residential areas near campus where crimes have happened. Officials said the cameras will act as a visible deterrent for crime and will give them valuable information if a crime does occur.
The department is currently loaning the cameras from the Oregon Department of Justice. UOPD has purchased portable camera systems to move around campus if they find there are other areas that need them. Officials said those cameras should be installed in the next few weeks.
UO Police Chief Matthew Carmichael said he hopes the increased efforts make a difference.
"My hope is that we get some suspects in custody soon for these horrible crimes and I think that is what we all want to see," Carmichael said.
Officials said the cameras will only be used to monitor dangerous street crimes in the area, like robberies, and not students living there. If necessary, the Eugene Police Department will also have access to them. UOPD wouldn't say how many cameras they plan to add or exactly where they will all be located, but they said they will add them to areas that have been impacted by crimes.
Students said they have noticed the crime taking place in the area around Hilyard and Alder street.
"That has kind of been a huge area to conglomerate and get together, so to know they are trying to increase safety measures in that area is really nice to know," Caroline Bresler, a student at the University of Oregon, said.
In addition to security cameras, Eugene and UOPD will have extra officers patrolling streets near campus. UOPD has also hired four unarmed private security officers. They will continue to give students rides on the campus shuttle, and they have even expanded their hours from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. UOPD is also developing a plan to help students who are going on spring break get to the airport safely.
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