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Virginia Tech to install indoor emergency phones

In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 photo, Natural Resource Recreation professor Jeff Marion poses on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech is installing indoor emergency phones in buildings around campus.

The university announced Tuesday that 145 small blue call boxes that connect users to emergency dispatchers at the press of a button are being installed in central building locations this summer. The phones are being installed in academic and administrative buildings and all residence halls as part of an ongoing effort to improve safety and security on campus. More than 100 of the emergency phones have already been installed.

There are also more than 100 outdoor emergency phones equipped with a flashing blue light that is activated when the button is pressed.

 

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