ECU steps up safety measures on and off campus

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Leaders at East Carolina University are stepping up security on and around campus.

This comes after 2 assaults reported on campus within the last week.

ECU Police officers are working with Greenville Police to develop safety corridors along 5th and 1st Streets, identified as hot spots for crime.

Police have stepped up their presence in this area. They’re also looking at installing more LED lights and new cameras.

ECU Police Lt. Chris Sutton says they’re exploring various options to increase off campus safety, like increasing officer presence, changing walkways, or even installing blue light emergency phones.

“We have a lot of stakeholders that stay in those neighborhoods. So it’s important to preserve that area, that you make it as safe as possible,” Lt. Sutton said.

ECU recently upgraded lighting and camera systems for the stretch of campus lining 5th Street.

Police hope to install cameras on all blue lights across campus.

ECU is also testing an app called LiveSafe, which is essentially a panic button that immediately contacts police. They hope to have this app up and running by summer.

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