The University Police Department installed security cameras this summer in the eight fraternities and sororities located along Townhouse Row, in response to a string of burglaries in 2007.
When members of Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Delta Gamma and Alpha Phi returned from winter break in Jan. 2007, they reported a total of 21 thefts from the Greek-letter residences on 23rd Street. Locked doors were open, costly personal items were missing and UPD was unable to name any suspects in connection with the burglaries.
“We are always evaluating the physical security of the campus,” UPD Chief Dolores Stafford said. “And after discussions with fraternities and sororities living in Townhouse Row, there was a consensus that they would like cameras in the lobby area of each unit.”
She noted that there are already cameras in many of the residential facilities on campus.
Several Greek-letter organization leaders said they were happy with the new cameras.
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority president Olivia Fay said, “We have been ensured that the cameras are not there to police us, but to protect us.”