GUEST COMMENTARY: Campus needs to increase security
It seems as though we have been receiving more and more e-mails regarding campus crime. Crimes such as breaking into parked cars in student parking lots, traffic offenses in the parking lot and even sexual assaults occur at UH almost every week. The campus security has done absolutely nothing to fix this situation except send us e-mails.
The only thing the University authorities are actually good for are two things: writing tickets to students who park in the empty faculty parking lot because of a lack of parking and directing traffic. Now, I may not speak for every student, but I believe most of us know how to stop at a red light or a stop sign; we really do not need campus police to tell us when to go and when to stop. I would rather have our campus security putting an end to these crimes that have gotten ridiculously out of hand.
However, it did not personally hit me until a friend of mine had her car broken into while she was at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center between the hours of 6 and 7 p.m. She told me that two other cars around her car had been broken into as well. The robbers stole her roadside assistance kit as well as her backpack.
Now, when we sit here and rationalize, where was our campus security when these cars were broken into? Directing traffic? Or sitting in the back room eating donuts? One thing I know they were not doing was making sure during those hours students and their cars were safe.
Well, what about our "security cameras?" Why don’t we check those out to see who is actually robbing these cars?
Another situation that has occurred twice to my knowledge on campus is sexual assault. Students, especially female students, should not have to walk to their classes in fear of getting raped on the way. Shortly after the first time this crime occurred, it occurred again right outside the University Hilton.
I know I am not the only student concerned about campus crime. It has to come to an end. I have been attending UH for three-and-a-half years, and I have never seen the crime get to this point. The crimes that we receive e-mails about may not be the only crimes that occur. There are probably more that we don’t know about. Crime has to be lowered at UH, because I really do not appreciate sitting in class worrying if my car is being broken into, or if I will be attacked while walking on campus during mid-day. I know I am not the only one with these thoughts, but I am the only one actually speaking up.
Zavary, a communication and business senior, can be reached via [email protected]