Dorms need more deterrents from crime
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
The recent assaults in the Ray Street bathrooms show the university may want to consider reforming security measures in our on-campus buildings. Students who live on campus can be targets for crime because they are often assumed to be relatively wealthy and naïve. Some universities take extensive measures to ensure that only residents and their guests enter the dorms, such as having cameras, security guards and a sign-in process, while our security is limited to the use of a fob and the discretion of residents.
While residents should be expected to be responsible enough to lock their doors and be wary of who they let in, there is something to be said for the lack of deterrents for crime in the dorms. Having a human presence at the entrances would almost certainly help keep the wrong people out of the dorms.
We also believe that residence halls that have two doors, such as George Read, are safer than those like Ray Street that have only one door. The two-door system makes it more difficult for a criminal to physically follow someone into a building. Ray Street could benefit from having a two-door system, cameras installed at the entrance, or a human presence to watch for suspicious activity so that help can be reached if needed.