Cameras, LPRs being added near Ohio Union Garages

The Ohio State University has increased police and security patrols on campus and in parking lots and garages. The university and city of Columbus are in regular communication about crime and crime trends and Ohio State is working closely with CampusParc to review and consider installation of surveillance cameras at campus garages.

"We expect camera installation to begin this week at the Ohio Union North and Ohio Union South garages with the goal to have installation completed in March," said Monica Moll, Ohio State's director of public safety. "We are prioritizing these two parking garages based on recent crime trends but will continue to review whether this technology will be implemented at additional campus garages."

These additions complement the nearly 4,000 surveillance cameras already in place throughout campus. An independent report from Security Risk Management Consultants released on Feb. 24 suggested piloting License Plate Reader (LPR) technology. The university, working with the city of Columbus, has already installed 30 LPR cameras in the University District and expects to have up to 60 cameras by the height of this pilot program. This technology will also be integrated near garages along High Street with two cameras installed near the garages this week.