Enhanced Safety Measures on Some College Campuses

Because of the surprisingly high number of incidents like aggravated assault and sexual assault that take place every year on college campuses across the United States, many university officials are implementing various safety measures to try and keep students, faculty, and staff members safe on and around college campuses.

Different schools have employed different measures, all with varying degrees of success. Some schools have hired additional campus police officers to patrol campuses, hoping that their presence alone will be enough to prevent and deter crimes from taking place. Often, these individuals can be found riding bicycles or driving golf carts around campus to make their presence as widespread as possible.

Other universities have implemented alert systems, or emergency phones, throughout campuses, giving students and other individuals on-campus a quick way to contact authorities if anything goes wrong. In most instances, these systems are small posts that resemble light posts or payphones and are scattered throughout highly-trafficked areas on a college campus. If ever someone feels unsafe or notices an incident occurring, they can simply pick up the phone at one of these stations and be immediately connected to on-campus law enforcement.

Some schools have also implemented a safe ride program that primarily serves individuals who find themselves walking alone at night. With these services, students who find themselves working late and are worried about walking home alone can call the safe ride phone line and get a ride from their location to their dorm room for free. Usually, they are picked up in a golf cart that is driven either by a campus police officer or a volunteer if these programs are student-staffed.

Unfortunately, despite these safety measures, incidents of assault, sexual assault, burglary, and various drug offenses remain shockingly high on college campuses. When the measures above fail to prevent crime from occurring, perpetrators often find themselves in need of a criminal lawyer, as the charges against them include proposed penalties that extend far beyond school-ordered penalties, even when the accused individuals are students. To make sure that the recent graduate you may be hiring isn’t a drug offender, make sure to conduct a pre-employment test.

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