August 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Eastern Michigan making campus security upgrades

Ypsilanti — More security cameras and lights are being added to Eastern Michigan University’s campus as the school upgrades security.

The Ypsilanti school is spending $485,000 to improve security cameras, while another $273,000 is being spent on two lighting projects, The Ann Arbor News reported Saturday.

More than 500 surveillance cameras currently are on campus. Others will be installed in 10 more campus buildings. More than 100 LED lights and 20 new poles also are going up.

“The security upgrades reflect our continued efforts to maintain a safe campus,” Eastern Michigan spokesman Geoff Larcom told the newspaper.

The school’s public safety office also is being renovated to make room for 10 new police officers.

“We’ve expanded our boundaries,” police chief Bob Heighes said in July. “Our focus has been the campus and we’ve been very successful keeping crime low on the campus and we feel the campus is safe.

“But obviously through some issues that happened off the campus, the university has stepped and said ‘we’re going to take what we do here and expand it out.’”

In December 2012, 23-year-old Eastern Michigan student Julia Niswender was found drowned in the bathtub of an apartment across from campus. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Eastern Michigan football player Demarius Reed, 20, was shot to death last October during a robbery at an off-campus apartment. A 20-year-old Detroit man was sentenced to 18 to 30 years in prison for Reed’s murder.