U of L implements new security measures - WDRB 41 Louisville News

U of L implements new security measures

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two weeks after announcing increased security on campus, it appears as if University of Louisville leaders are keeping their promise.

Shuttles now run late into the night, taking students to and from off-campus apartments. Meanwhile, campus police are working overtime and using off-duty LMPD officers to increase patrols on the campus perimeter.

The increased security is in response to two violent attacks near campus in the last three months. In July, two men were shot during an attempted robbery near the dental school. In early September, a student was stabbed behind The Province apartments while walking to her car.

"The attacks seem to be a little more hands-on, a little more violent, especially with the stabbing," said Kenny Brown, assistant chief of University of Louisville Police. "That prompted us to take a harder look at what's going on and to try and push back and keep it off our campus."

Students that walk the road where the woman was stabbed say in the last several weeks, they've noticed more patrols.

"There's been a cop sitting there almost every night," said junior Jacob Meadows. "And I see campus police driving around the dorms pretty often."

Officials say campus is secure, with crime data showing virtually no problems inside the campus perimeter. But just outside that is where they're having problems.

"As long as you're on campus it's really safe," said Meadows. "I've never felt bad walking on campus at night and I don't worry about it."

Campus police say they're still interviewing candidates to fill four new security guard, and four new officer positions announced two weeks ago. In the meantime, they've still been able to increase patrols by working overtime, and using contracted off-duty officers.

"We've got private security, off-duty LMPD officers assisting us, plus we're keeping our shifts over a couple hours to keep things going," said Brown.

The university has also kick started a shuttle service that runs until 1 a.m. The route 90 TARC bus runs down 3rd and 4th Streets and off campus to some of the largest student apartments.

"Students after 5 p.m. now have transportation to and from their off-campus housing, whereas before they didn't," said U of L spokesperson Mark Hebert.

As for the student-led idea to light and secure a walkway through campus, officials are still trying to figure out if it will be the best use of money, since areas just off campus seem to be of the biggest concern.

"What we've got to figure out is whether that will be a good use of money to upgrade that one path through campus, because we don't really have much crime on campus," said Hebert.

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