Old Dominion University unveils stepped up campus safety measures

School installs more than 1K cameras, implements new emergency communications app as part of upgrade

Aug. 15--NORFOLK -- Old Dominion University today is unveiling additional security measures for students and staff.

One of the new security elements is a mobile application called LiveSafe, which helps students, faculty and staff contact police and receive emergency information, a news release from the school says.

The app allows users to report a tip or incident to police, receive safety alerts, share their location with friends and text them. It also includes a panic button.

"When you do that the GPS coordinates pop up immediately and are transmitted into our dispatch center," ODU Police Chief Rhonda Harris said during a press conference Friday.

"So police officers will actually be dispatched faster than we're currently doing," she said.

Users also will be able to attach photos and video of an incident to send to police.

The school also has installed more than 1,000 security cameras around the campus, including residence halls, parking lots and other public areas.

Other improvements are planned, including changes to lighting and landscaping this fall.

Norfolk police also will increase patrols near the campus, particularly on weekends.

The SafeRide program also will be expanded and traffic safety measures introduced.


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