Eyes in Sky Coming to UMd. Security Cameras to Be Installed

By Black, M. Cherie | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), July 11, 1996 | Go to article overview

Eyes in Sky Coming to UMd. Security Cameras to Be Installed


Black, M. Cherie, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


Nine armed robberies between February and May prompted the University of Maryland to do something about security on its College Park campus.

Soon the 35,000-student campus will be monitored by two dozen eyes in the sky.

Twenty-four security cameras will be installed in outside locations across the campus in an effort to cut down on crime, such as the outbreak of armed robberies that remain unsolved.

"We had so little to go on as far as suspects in those crimes," said Maj. Michael McNair, deputy chief of police at the university. "With cameras, we would eliminate countless hours of interviewing people who may or may not have seen something, and instead look on the tape and see the person for ourselves."

Maj. McNair also believes the cameras will make crime investigations more accurate.

"Cameras are really good at showing what is actually happening. There's no way to distort or dispute the information on a videotape," he said.

The system will focus on isolated and high-traffic pedestrian areas on the main campus as well as parking lots and automated teller machines.

A test camera currently is mounted on a 3-foot metal pole on the corner of the South Campus Dining Hall's roof. It overlooks a parking lot, some classroom buildings and an ATM.

The camera is enclosed in a black "environmental dome" that resembles an eyeball peering across the campus. The shape of the dome is supposed to keep people on ground level from seeing where the camera is pointed. The square cover around the dome makes the system look more like an outside light than a security camera.

The camera is monitored by a single television screen in the Student Police Auxiliary Building. Once all of the cameras are in place, four screens will be used to monitor the campus.

About 150 undergraduate student police aides will be trained to monitor the screens and manually control the cameras using a keypad. Autofocus capabilities allow the cameras to zoom in on license plates.

James Beckman, 22, a student police aide from Westminster, thinks the cameras are a great idea.

"The security cameras will help to deter criminals on our campus. If someone doesn't do something to stop them now, crime will be on a drastic rise," said Mr. Beckman, a senior engineering major.

The camera sites were chosen by the President's Security Advisory Committee, a group of students who work with University President William Kirwan on safety issues. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Eyes in Sky Coming to UMd. Security Cameras to Be Installed
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.