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UCCS installs locks to secure against active shooter situations 

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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is adding or replacing locks on all classroom doors to "address security vulnerabilities in an active shooter situation," it said in a release.

Locks have been replaced in five buildings. Another building is in progress and a fifth awaits materials. All will be finished when classes begin on Aug. 20. Cost is roughly $42,000. "The 2015 report from the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission concluded that 'there has never been an event in which an active shooter breached a locked classroom door,'" the release said, noting the new hardware allows students, faculty, staff and guests to lock doors without keys.

While locks aren't the ultimate solution, UCCS Police Chief Marc Pino said in the release, they provide a line of defense and act as a deterrent. UCCS encourages people on campus to register and maintain contact information with UCCSAlerts for phone and email notifications (uccs.edu email addresses are automatically registered), and sign up for community alerts from the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority and social media.

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