Telecommunications Services and the Office of Campus Security partnered to improve security for the Belmont community with the addition of eight emergency phone towers across campus. In addition to the new emergency phones, three of the old phone towers were also replaced.
“As the University implements safety measures to ensure the security of our students, neither quality nor quantity should be comprised to achieve safety standards and goals. I think that you can never have too much, and visibility gives our students the sense of security they deserve,” Telecommunications Services Manager Gary Hunter said.
The emergency phones are located throughout campus and in every parking facility. The LED blue light mounted atop every tower provides high visibility. Each phone has an emergency button that, when pressed, automatically dials Belmont Campus Security. They will receive an exact location of where the call is coming from and the blue strobe on the tower will be activated. This will also activate a priority response, and an officer will be sent to the tower location.
Hunter also said the ultimate goal is the ability to see two phone towers in any direction one looks on campus. He hopes to one day have 30 to 35 emergency phone towers across campus.