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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 15, 2003

New Blue Cap Emergency Phone Installed Near Mayflower Hall

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety has installed a new Blue Cap emergency phone near Mayflower Residence Hall to provide improved security for residents of the building as they walk to and from campus.

The phone, installed with the cooperation of the City of Iowa City and now operational, is west of Dubuque Street, approximately 50 yards north of the Park Road intersection. The location was determined after consultation with officials from Public Safety, students and other interested persons, said Brad Allison, crime prevention specialist for the UI Department of Public Safety.

The Blue Cap Emergency phone system provides emergency communications directly to the UI Department of Public Safety's dispatch center. Funds to pay for the phone's installation were provided by the UI Parent's Association through gifts to the Parent Fund for Student Support at the UI Foundation.

"This is the twentieth emergency phone we've installed with the financial assistance of the UI Parent's Association, and their gift goes a long way in making our campus a safer place for students, faculty, staff and visitors," said Charles Green, UI director of public safety.

Allison said the Blue Cap system provides hand free operation, and once the Blue Cap is activated UI police officers are dispatched to the location. The phone can be used anytime because Department of Public Safety's dispatch center is operated 24 hours a day, said Allison. A complete list of Blue Cap locations is available at the Department of Public Safety's web site: www.uiowa.edu/~pubsfty.

Allison said pedestrians can help keep themselves safe by remembering a few tips.

"Autumn brings shorter days and longer nights so remember to choose walkways that are well lighted and that you are familiar with," he said. "Know the locations of the Blue Caps, businesses, the police departments and fire departments where you can get help if you need it. Always walk with someone when possible, and avoid walking by yourself when you are tired, distracted or intoxicated. Stay safe and respect others."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.