Web Extra: Attempted sexual assault

By Dave Benton | dbenton@wcia.com

Published 11/06 2013 11:46AM

Updated 11/06 2013 01:52PM

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- Security camera are helping UI Police solve crimes and keep campus safer. 1,020 cameras have been put up across campus since 2008.

The videos attached to this story highlight some of the cases where video helped police. In the last school year, 28 cases involved video. The footage helped solve 15 of those cases and provided more evidence in another six.

The attached videos were provided by the UI Police Department with the faces of the victims and suspects blocked out because the cases may still be pending in court.

They include an attempted sexual assault at Allen Hall in April. The suspect was seen dragging the victim out of the building. A passerby scared him off. Investigators recognized him from the video and later him an hour later. The man was convicted in this case just last week.

Police say the security cameras aren't the end all to keeping students safe. But they are an important part of their work, and more cameras will likely be added.

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