Paul Lester, UNCG police major, was interviewed by the News & Record about the visibility and reliability of blue-light phones for safety on college campuses. UNCG’s campus has 130 emergency phones, including 78 in standalone blue-light towers.

Although in the cell phone era, campus emergency phones don’t generally get a lot of use, the maintenance costs are minimal and it only takes one button to connect a caller directly to campus police.

“They’re a reliable form of communication, and we all know that cell phones don’t always work,” Lester said. “You can always run to these phones and push the button and get the help you need.”