Security Boosted Near UHS Wilson Medical Center
Portable lighting in place at UHS Wilson Medical Center employee parking lot on April 27, 2016. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
Several actions are being taken to enhance security around a Johnson City hospital following recent attacks on women.
Portable lighting systems have been installed in parking lots near UHS Wilson Medical Center.
More security workers are visible around the hospital during the day and at night. Additional fencing is being installed in the area of the parking lots and some trees appear to have been removed to increase visibility.
A 16-year-old Johnson City boy was arrested in connection with a sexual assault that happened around 1 a.m. April 14 in an employee parking lot. Investigators have said he was linked to a March incident involving the forcible touching of a woman.
Johnson City Police Chief Brent Dodge said he had met with the hospital's head of security to discuss the steps being implemented around the facility.
Dodge said the hospital has "ramped up" security. In addition to more lighting and fencing, surveillance cameras are to be installed.
The police chief described the changes as "a positive thing." He said the actions taken in recent days are "very noticeable."
Dodge said he believes the enhanced security will help to "deter problems" and assist police officers in their effort to make the area around the hospital safe for employees and visitors.
New fencing was being installed at an employee parking lot across the street from UHS Wilson Medical Center. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.