Over the summer, two security cameras trained on Silent Sam were installed in McCorkle Place by an order from the Department of Public Safety and University administration.
“The goals certainly serve public safety in terms of an investigatory tool, but I think they serve the entire University in terms of eliciting their behavior in and around that area,” DPS spokesman Randy Young said.
The cameras, installed July 10 and 17, both have views of the monument.
Young confirmed the cost of the cameras and installation was $3,600.
He said the installation of the cameras was protocol, thanks to the number of times Silent Sam has been vandalized.
“In keeping with that philosophy, surveillance cameras in an area that’s already been vandalized a couple times improves the behavior in and around the area. That’s preventative,” Young said.
“The second course would be (investigative). If there is vandalism damage to real property in that area, we would be able to use the video in our investigation.”
The monument has been modified three times recently. On July 5, the phrases “Black Lives Matter” and “KKK” were spray-painted on Silent Sam. On Aug. 18, the words “Who is Sandra Bland?” were sprayed onto the statue. A Confederate battle flag blindfolded the statue on Sept. 9.