WKU Police Say Nearly All "Blue Phone" Calls Are False Alarms

Like most colleges, Western Kentucky University has emergency phones all over campus.

But are they really serving their intended purpose?

There are 68 emergency phones across Western's campus.

According to WKU police, there have been 67 calls made on the "Blue Phones" since 2005.

Not one of them have been actual emergencies.

Captain Mike Dowell says almost all of the calls were "false alarms."

Western student Aleshia Akin says it's her first instinct to use her cell phone in an emergency.

But she's glad the emergency phones are there just in case.

"It's comforting to know that if you're walking around campus by yourself, you're not actually alone that you have the emergency things just in case it's more of a safety net," Akin said.

While Joe Pearson feels safe on campus, he thinks the phones could be more effective.

"I think people need to be told about them more because don't nobody knows anything about them," said WKU student Joe Pearson.

WKU police say they respond to every call made from the phones as an emergency situation.

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