About 40 new security cameras are being installed at various locations across the Pittsburg State University campus this fall. It’s a project that university officials say will help them in their ongoing effort to keep students and staff safe.

About 40 new security cameras are being installed at various locations across the Pittsburg State University campus this fall. It’s a project that university officials say will help them in their ongoing effort to keep students and staff safe.

Steve Erwin, associate vice president for campus life and auxiliary services, said  in a university release that security cameras can be an effective preventative measure.

“The presence of security cameras can be a deterrent to crime,” Erwin said. “The possibility that a camera is recording activity in an area may sometimes prevent a crime from occurring in the first place.”

The cameras also will provide an additional tool for campus law enforcement officials. Mike McCracken, director of University Police, said the cameras will allow his officers to cover a wider area.

“We see the cameras as a tool to help us spread our resources,” McCracken said in the release. “Someone at the station can monitor activity on one end of campus at the same time an officer is patrolling at the opposite end.”

Erwin and McCracken said the recorded video could also be helpful in apprehending someone who has committed a crime.

“This is just another tool we can use to make the campus environment better for our students, employees and visitors,” Erwin said.