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Published:March 4th, 2008 05:54 EST
College Campus safety should be an issue

College Campus safety should be an issue

By Patricia Irizarry

Students living in and around campus should always consider safety as their number one priority while preparing for activities ahead of them.

Even with West Virginia University being named the safest school in the Big East, there are still concerns for campus safety after a student was beaten and robbed almost two months ago at the apartments of Augusta on the Square.

Most off-campus apartments have 24-hour security patrolling the grounds.  However, that cannot be said for the Augusta, where prior to the robbery, had security patrolling from the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.

With the information surrounding the beating of the WVU student, one thing that was sure to catch everyone’s attention was the fact that the student and his friend caught a ride back home from complete strangers.

Although the student thought nothing of it at first, shouldn’t that have been a warning sign for disaster?

Whatever the situation may be, people should never rely on the help of a stranger for anything.  With an increasing number of young men and women being abducted by people they did not know, it is a wonder that this student and his friend made it home alive. 

Security is a must on and off-campus at West Virginia University because, at times, people may not know what kind of crimes will be committed at any given time.

With regards to property crime, campus officials are always reminding students during holiday breaks to make sure all their valuables are locked up in a safe place.  Over the years, there haven’t been a lot of instances dealing with property theft.  According to Lieutenant Jackson of the WVU Police, property theft is lower during holiday breaks.

Lt. Jackson also gave an important tip for students to follow while keeping safety in mind:  “Always be aware of your surroundings.”

Students should always be aware of their surroundings on and off campus to make sure that their security is in check.  Group travel is always best when going anywhere late at night.  If it were not for the student’s friend being with him at the time of the robbery, the student may have been killed instead of having his life spared.

In terms of having 24-hour security for on and off-campus housing, Lt. Jackson explained that it is better for the students to decide if 24-hour security is best for them.  Even if the Augusta has extended their security hours, students living there should still be aware of who they let in and out of their complex.

While it is good to know that the WVU student is still alive following his incident, students should still be aware of what it takes to make sure that their lives are safe and secure by being careful about who they’re around and what they are doing.