(10/18/13) - If you visit the Baker College campus in Flint Township, chances
are very good you'll show up on a number of security cameras.
Not just in the parking lots, but in most buildings too.
A recent upgrade to the Baker College of Flint security department should make students and staff feel safer.
"I don't think most people realize our capabilities," said John Joseph, Baker campus safety director.
It starts with a bank of monitors inside the safety department. Security officers can enlarge any view, taking a closer look from scores of cameras scattered across the campus.
"The video surveillance system is a tool in your toolbox," Joseph said.
It's not just the Flint Township campus under the watchful eye.
"Now there's all the cameras at Dort Highway and I-69," Joseph said.
The Transportation Technology campus in Flint and the Cass City Campus are tied in too.
"It's wonderful for them to be able to do that, to have an incident happen in Cass City we don't have to drive to Cass City to actually look at that recorded video," said Denny Metzger, Baker security services manager.
The system can be viewed from iPhones, so officers can see what's happening even when they're away from the monitoring center.
There are more than 400 cameras both indoors and out. This provides a great level of security, but at what point do they become intrusive?
"I used to live in the dorms actually so I felt like it was kind of too much because you walk down the hallway and they see you," said student Jessika Muldrew.
Others like the idea of someone looking out for their safety.
"It makes me feel very secure that there are people who can see where I'm going and what's around me," said student Andrea Raison.
"It's all about safety. It's all about providing an atmosphere for our faculty, staff and students that they can feel secure working and getting an education," Metzger said.
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