JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In the past seven months, there has been two sexual assaults and a murder on campus all unsolved. So what are campus police doing to protect students, and do students feel safe?
"I feel like ever since the incidents last year they've kind of beefed up security on campus. I mean I feel safe," says Rachel Purtee, who lives on campus. "As long as you're not dumb and you lock your doors and are moderately safe...I mean don't walk around at night by yourself," says Purtee.
"I heard about the rape last year and some kind of misdemeanor at a house or whatever, but now that I live by myself I feel a little alone and I feel a little unsafe," says Arizona Smith.
University Police Chief Randy Martin says they are working to boost security. "We're expanding our student patrol services," says Martin. The service provides a safe escort across campus for students who might not feel comfortable walking alone. The department also wants to use the patrol in a security capacity, checking exits, lighting and suspicious activity in the residential facilities around campus.
"You want to put resources where crimes are happening and they'll be strictly the eyes and ears for us. They'll contact us and we'll handle those issues," Martin explains.
Officers are also making themselves more visible and promoting safety awareness, which student Adonias Finch finds comforting. "Everywhere I turn around I see campus security everywhere. Knowing that I see campus security it makes me feel safe. It makes me feel like I'm well taken care of," says Finch.
Still Chief Martin says the best way to maintain your own security is to take responsibility for your safety. "You have to be thinking ahead. Where am I going? What am I doing? What time am I doing that? And is it safe to do in the manner I'm planning on doing it?"
University police also have an e-mail address, for anyone in the community to alert them to safety concerns. Just e-mail campus police at firstname.lastname@example.org