News (local) for 11/26
An article titled: "To deter crime at U, these eyes never blink," was posted on the Star Tribune website. The school is funding a $24,000 pilot project that features 11 security cameras watching over the Washington Avenue bridge. The cameras alert the operator when two people converge, or when it appears that a person is lurking on the bridge. University officials said that while they can't promise the cameras will stop crime, they will give them a chance to alert the police. There have been no alerts yet. . There have been 17 suicide attempts from the bridge in the last decade.
The article was also posted in the Minnesota Daily
I thought it was interesting that the Star Tribune ran this story so late. The Daily ran the article in September a month after the cameras were installed. It seems strange to me that now the Strib would run an article so late after the fact. I wish they would have taken more of an angle about how the cameras haven't done anything yet, since they ran it so late.