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Student’s murder sparks demand for emergency call boxes on UGA campus

By Joe Johnson

Students and parents are calling on University of Georgia leaders to reinstall emergency blue lights, also known as call boxes, on campus.

Although UGA became one of the first campuses in the nation to install emergency call boxes in 1988, officials said they decided to ditch the system in 2004 after they learned their phone system could no longer support the analog technology. Officials added that the systems would be useless without a costly digital upgrade.

University officials also added that after researching the call data from over eight years, they learned that UGA police received only seven calls from the boxes, none that were for emergencies.

Since the murder Thursday morning of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley on a UGA jogging trail, a call has been raised for the reinstallation of the boxes.

In an online petition, a UGA student said the lack of the call boxes on campus can no longer be ignored.


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Perhaps if the UGA Police Officers on patrol could get their eyes and noses out of continually scrolling on their personal cell phones for personal reasons while on patrol and start doing the proactive job they're supposed to do then thinks might be more safe in campus!

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Patrick Cline
Patrick Cline
2月26日

Maybe the students should demand the police be fully staffed and get rid of the police "board" that micromanages and discourage real police work.

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But we have to DO SOMETHING! Even if it is useless...

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Paul Bunce
Paul Bunce
2月24日

Fairly useless and quite expensive. Every person on campus already ha a call box in the form of a cellphone. Plus, cops will be there in minutes when seconds count. You don't see cops and their families looking for call box. They're armed.

Call boxes are nothing but a feel good excuse to waste more tax money.

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I’m inclined to agree. Even the previous system was was dependent on the caller being near a box. The fact that virtually everyone has a cell phone now means that connecting with a 911 operator is possible anywhere on campus. I’m convinced that arming oneself (whether lethal or non-lethal means) is the best protection.

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