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Questions of ESU campus security answered at town hall meeting

Student safety is under the microscope at Monroe County's East Stroudsburg University. The school has been rattled by a pair of violent incidents lately, including the murder of a pizza man. 

Thursday's town hall-style meeting stemmed from students and faculty feeling concerned on campus.

Law enforcement talked about new measures put in place to keep things safe and also took questions from students.

"How safe do you feel around campus?"

"Depends on the time of day. You just have to be aware of your surroundings."

East Stroudsburg University campus safety was the focal point of a town hall-style 'Q and A' between students, faculty and a variety of local law enforcement agencies.

This comes after a Jan. 31 campus stabbing that left a student with two knife wounds.

Back in November, a pizza delivery man was shot and killed after a call of a bogus order to a campus building.

In both cases the suspects weren't students.

"We want people to know this is a safe campus and we have a lot of resources committed to it," said Campus Police Chief William Parrish.

Parrish says the software for the school's 380 cameras will be updated to include facial and body recognition that can send alerts to police.

Parrish adds more officers are being hired and campus patrols have been increased by both his crew and area agencies.

A presence that sophomore Erin Grucelski has noticed.

"Especially in light of recent events it has made me feel more safe too," she said.

Junior Barbara Ortiz has this advice when walking around campus:

"I usually keep one headphone in and I'm on the phone or FaceTime so I'm not totally alone," she said.

The school has also added more shuttle stops and has an app that directly connects students with the police department.

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