Sep 30, 2014 3:35 PM
UNH Police uses social media to alert students
DURHAM - Nearly everyone has a cell phone and that's exactly why the University of New Hampshire Police Department is moving to social media to get the word out about campus safety.
"They're on their phones all the time. They're used to texting and this is a very similar way to do business and we think we're getting a great response from it," said UNH Police Chief, Paul Dean.
Dean hosted a Twitter conversation Tuesday for students to ask questions about campus safety, crime, or anything UNH related. A lot of them said they found it helpful.
"I participate in it because I feel like I don't know that much about campus safety," said junior, Becky MacDougall.
"If I had any questions that's a good resource. I mean everyone uses Twitter way more than they would actually go and seek someone out," said freshman, Katie Hyson.
And to send police a tip it's easy. There's an app for that; it's called LiveSafe and it's free. It allows you to send anonymous crime tips, call police in an emergency and electronically track wherever you go.
"I've got 30,000 sets of eyes now that are looking and even though a lot of those eyes aren't directly here on campus, but they may know somebody," said Dean.
And it makes it easy for police to stay connected. To sign up for UNH Alerts, go to www.alert.unh.edu and be sure to follow campus police on Twitter @UNH_Police.