SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Off-campus security is a hard thing to manage. Students living in those areas are often at a higher risk of experiencing some form of crime, specifically property crime (break-ins, burglary, etc.).
That’s why Syracuse University, along with the city’s Police & Public Safety departments, has decided to install new security cameras in the Euclid Avenue.
“Criminals, in my opinion, are creatures of habit, so, unfortunately, sometimes students seem to be easy prey,” said Joseph Commisso, Syracuse Police media relations officer. “They have high valued items; laptop, air books, and everything else.”
Commisso said that Euclid has been an area on the tipping point of increased criminal activity. He tells residents that, despite the camera instillations, they should still be cautious of their surroundings.
“We want to encourage people to take measures into their own hands as much as they can. As far as securing windows, taking care of your belongings, because, really…if it’s difficult for the suspect to get to the belongings, they’ll usually try to find the easiest path,” Commisso said.
He also said that each camera will cost about $12,000 to put together, totaling about $96,000 worth of cameras going up. Commisso isn’t sure where the money for the cameras is coming from but speculates that it will be a shared payment between the SPD and the Public Safety department.
Regardless of the cost, one Euclid area resident, Nottingham High School student Samantha Worthley, doesn’t really care about the cost, just that the lives of the people of her community are safe.
“With all the violence, the shootings and stabbings, there’d be a lot more witnesses,” Worthley said. “And to get it on camera – so that way, the right people are sent to jail or prison for it.”
Reports from the Daily Orange suggest that, along with the new cameras, DPS will add two new shuttle vans to its safety shuttle service, along with hiring five new safety escorts for the Walking Escort Program.