Multi-million dollar security system in the works at UK

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - (WKYT) - They’re spending millions of dollars to keep students and employees safe.

We’re learning more about an upgraded security system that's in the works at the University of Kentucky.

On Wednesday, every UK student received an email outlining the brand new safety policies that will be put into place over the next nine months.

“The email said that you have to get your ID updated before next year and that there are going to be more security precautions on campus. I think it’s a step in the right direction,” said UK Freshman Patrick Muldoon.

UK plans to pump nearly five million dollars into the campus-wide security project to provide a new level of safety for students, faculty staff on campus.

“We're putting in numerous cameras around campus that will give us the capability to look and see what crimes are occurring on campus and capture security footage to deter crime,” said UK Police Chief Joe Monroe.

Many students say they're no stranger to feeling unsafe on campus from time to time.

“At night when I’m walking by myself I feel that way because you never know what’s going to happen,” said UK Freshman Heather Pattison.

Within the past year, there have been several incidents of students being mugged, harmed or harassed on UK’s campus.

But the new security cameras will give police an extra eye and ear on the streets, making it easier for them to catch the culprits.

“If something happens then they’ll have proof of what happened. I think it’s awesome that they’re cracking down on security,” Pattison said.

Students, staff and law enforcement seem equally excited about the enhancements to security and eager to see how much safer campus will really be once the provisions are put into place.

Wednesday was the first day that the new Wildcat ID cards were issued to students and employees and they have until September 6th to get one.

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