Campus Police Pay Close Attention to Village
By Tina Ray
The campus police
have been called to the Village Apartments on different occasions
throughout this academic year, according to the campus crime report,
for reasons that include:
- a report
of property damage on Feb. 18
- three men
charged with breaking and entering on Feb. 18
- two students
charged on a state level for affray on Feb. 20
- a driver
parked outside the apartments charged with driving while impaired
on Feb. 22
With these problems
in mind, Chief Helton has hired a new officer and requested yet
another to patrol the apartment complex, according to Lieutenant
McDuffie Cummings, who has been with the campus police department
for nine years. In the meantime, there are preventive measures to
take to avoid being the victim or the perpetrator of a crime at
preventive measure is to pick up the phone and call the police department.
Don’t get involved in domestic disputes. Make the school aware
you’re having problems and let them intervene,” said
If not, the
penalty for an infraction could “ include paying a fine, doing
community service or both,” according to Cummings.
at the Village Apartments are not isolated events, but symptomatic
of a growing student population; nevertheless, it’s fast becoming
disheartening to read about criminal incidents that take place there.
Society has stipulations for those who want to live within its confines
and those stipulations also apply to the residents and visitors
to the Village Apartments.