Officials at WKU say the Western Kentucky University Police will increase patrols,starting today, in response to recent incidents on and around campus. The University Relations staff at WKU issued a news release regarding the issue.
The Chief of the WKU Police, Bob Deane says,"Student safety is our highest priority. We want to assure the campus community that we are doing everything possible to provide a safe environment." Deane says the force will use more foot patrols and an increased officer presence to supplement measures that are already in place. Security cameras and emergency phones have already been located at numerous locations on campus.
Attempted robberies on campus and a shooting incident near campus have prompted WKU Police to issue alerts the past two weekends. Police investigations are continuing and at this point the incidents do not appear to be connected, according to University officials.
Deane urged students to take additional precautions, including traveling at night with friends or using the Dusk to Dawn Escort Service, avoiding areas that are not well lit, remaining aware of their surroundings and reporting anything suspicious to police. The Dusk to Dawn Escort Service is available by calling 745-3333. Anyone with information about crime on campus can contact the WKUPD Confidential Tip Line anonymously at 745-8773.
Housing and Residence Life staff will also increase their presence outside residence halls during the evening and overnight hours.