Second safety summit held in Greenville to address crime around ECU, Uptown

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The second of three scheduled safety summits took place at ECU Tuesday to discuss ways to combat crime in the area.

The goals of the meeting were to address safety issues like lighting, crosswalk concerns, lack of cameras, and to make students more aware of their surroundings.

Organizers said educating the student body about their role in the community was critical.

“We have a lot of students coming from different areas of the country, and it’s important to educate them about their rights here in North Carolina in regards to voting and making a difference in the city,” said SGA member Carson Rhodes.

During the meeting, Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman asked for help in determining where to place five new cameras. He asked students to come up and map out their walking routes to decide where to spend $40,000 on the cameras.

“Wherever they start to line up, that’s where we’re going to prioritize our lighting for you,” Holtzman said.

Greenville City Councilman McLean Godley said these meetings are important when it comes to attracting businesses and visitors to the area.

“People think of Uptown, and people think of ECU,” Godley said. “So if we’re making those impressions on them, we have to make sure that they’re good impressions, and that means they must be safe.”

A third safety summit will most likely be held in the Fall.

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