JUNE 28, 2006

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Cameron University improves campus safety with addition of security call boxes

Workers install one of 13 call boxes across the Cameron University campus. The self-contained, solar-powered units stand 10 feet tall and enable students immediate contact with the Office of Public Safety by pressing a button.

Out of thousands of colleges and universities in United States, Cameron University ranks among the top 35 safest campuses. Cameron officials recently added a safety measure that will provide CU students even more security and services.

Cameron’s physical facilities crew, working with the university’s Office of Public Safety, installed 13 call boxes across campus. The self-contained, solar-powered units stand 10 feet tall and enable students immediate contact with the Office of Public Safety by pressing a button.

“We are dedicated to providing the safest living and learning environment for our students and visitors,” President Cindy Ross said. “The call boxes represent an additional security feature that will enhance Cameron’s already proud reputation of student safety.”

Cameron’s Director of Public Safety Jim Ronan said the call boxes can be used for more than just emergency situations.

“Because of the low instance of crime on our campus, these boxes will be primarily used for everyday assistance, such as when a student needs an escort, needs help jump starting a car or if they lock their keys in their car,” Ronan said. “Students and visitors should use the call boxes for assistance in any situation.”

The call boxes, which cost about $2,800 each, have been strategically positioned to provide complete coverage of the Cameron campus.

The call boxes are located at the southwest corner of Burch Hall, the northeast corner of Howell Hall, north of the Library, between the Administration Building and the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies, the parking lot north of the Music Building, between the Music Building and Haggar Hall, east of the Student Activities Building, southeast of West Hall, north of the Sciences Complex, along D Avenue north of Cameron Village, north of the McMahon Center, west of North Shepler and between the Shepler Center and the Fitness Center.

Ronan said more call boxes will be added in the future to further assist students and guests.

In 2004, the Uniform Crime Report, which is complied by the FBI, rated Cameron University as one of the safest campus in Oklahoma. Cameron was also ranked 32nd in the nation in campus safety by Healey/Roman Associates, a private industry that has been researching safety on college and university campuses since 1987.

Contact: Adam Calaway, 1.580.581.2211