Keeping an eye on the Parking Lots

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By Ellen Hansen

Safety cameras put up in Lot 17

In the midst of all the chaos in the world, it is often difficult to pay much mind to the tiny things that change around us. In some cases, however, these miniscule developments carry the potential to protect. Such a change can be seen by The College of St. Scholastica's installation of security cameras in Lot 17.

According to Michael Turner, the main campus's safety and security manager, Scholastica is currently running a "testing phase" with the devices. As a result, the only parking lot that currently feels the presence of these security cameras is one of the furthest from the school; Lot 17. At this point, however, the school hasn't yet made any plans to extend the program throughout the campus, as it is still working to see how the new addition will affect the community.

The primary goal of this trial is to provide the people of St. Scholastica with a heightened sense of security. Turner sees Lot 17 as a prime choice, given its distance from Tower Hall and its past issues involving scratched vehicles, damaged windows, and break-ins. He commented on the addition of security cameras, explaining how they "bring a sense that someone is out there watching" and, as a result, serve as a sort of preventative measure. This is not to say, though, that our school is overwhelmed with crime.

"We've been fortunate that we haven't had- over the years- a lot of vandalism that has occurred in our parking lots," said Turner.

While no information could be found regarding the cost of the addition or the source of this funding, Scholastica students can relax knowing that their school is doing its best to provide a safe and healthy environment. With any luck, the program will end up saving more money through preventative action than it costs financially.

As always, if any issues should come about with items being stolen or vehicles being harmed in school parking lots, they should be reported immediately to campus security.

Source: Turner, M. (2014, February 28): Personal Interview.