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UK launches high tech, centralized security system

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LEXINGTON, Ky (WDRB) -- The University of Kentucky is spending millions to make campus safer. 

Students are back on campus and the entire project is still underway but it's all part of a $4.8 million plan to make campus as safe as possible. 

That means keys are becoming a thing of the past.

Now, it's all about one multi-purpose card.

"Before you go in any door or room you have to swipe it," said Liza Bustle, a sophomore at UK.

Bustle lives in the brand new Central Hall on campus.

She says the high tech, centralized security system makes her feel at ease.

"All the staircases are protected so we don't have to worry about people hiding in the staircases either," she told WDRB.

The campus' first ever high tech, comprehensive security management system is a combination of that card and 2,000 additional security cameras.

"It gives us access control thereby each individual has an access programmed card that allows them to access campus in the designated areas that they're authorized to be in. Literally we see nearly every inch of campus in the public areas," said Anthany Beatty, assistant VP for public safety.

Some might wonder if that sounds intrusive, questioning just how much privacy there is left on campus.

"We're no different than anywhere else. Our number one priority is to make sure students are safe. We're not here to monitor where they're going or what they're doing unless it poses a threat or criminal opportunity for them," he explained.

There are also 26 blue emergency towers across campus. You hit a red button and it automatically calls police.

"It's good to know if I was by myself and there's something that needed to be reported or I needed help, it's right there," said Bustle.

School officials say they've never had a high crime rate so why invest millions to upgrade?

"We're enhancing what was already here. We had 70 different operating systems of cameras and locks and hardware (before) and devices that didn't communicate with each other," Beatty told WDRB. 

UK hopes the entire project will be complete by the end of December.

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