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2009 Honorable Mention

Anchor: Campus Crime Prevention

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Crime is an ongoing issue, and it's been on the rise due to our economic state. As a case study, the campus and surrounding neighborhood of KCAI, an arts college in Kansas City, is facing a lot of problems with crime, as is the same with many college campuses. Many of the students are the ones falling victim to the issue, because they are unaware of their own personal risk, are ignorant to the information they need, or don’t know how to deal defensively with situations if they happen to arise. Anchor is a preventative campaign that is geared toward students to give them all the necessary components so they can be their own security force.
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Laura Berglund
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laurakberglund@gmail.com
913 302 5982

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May 30, 2013
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An iPhone app that will empower students to help prevent crime on campus, and address issues quickly and efficiently. It features a live map to track guards on duty, and report crimes.
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A website that will give the students a sense of community and connection to help prevent crime. Offers an interactive live map, tips, statistics, etc.
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Crime tags mark actual spots where crimes have been documented. This allows students to pay more attention to the possibility of risk, and more inclined to participate in prevention.
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A page out of the wallet sized booklet, with vital tips and advice to help empower students to reduce crime, and inform them of information that they should know.
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Crime statistics on campus and the surrounding neighborhood are in the booklet as well, along with a map of high crime spots. It should be kept on you at all times, for quick reference.
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Many colleges constantly struggle with crime effecting their student body. They may have guards, cameras, etc., yet they are lacking a key way to help prevent crime: empowering and enlightening the student. They need to be more aware of crime, more informed of security information, and need simple ways to staying connected.

 
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In order to empower the students themselves, they need a system that will make them pay attention to risk, informed of security statistics, and more connected with each other and security guards. Crime tagging the environment, a wallet-sized crime booklet, a community website, and iPhone app as a system could do just that.