Tulane Tightens Security

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 3:17pm

University adds extra police, taking other steps after attacks near campus.

Tulane University officials are working to improve security at the college after several off-campus attacks.

The changes come after students launched a video campaign called "It's Not Enough."

The video and an online petition got university officials to do something about the crime happening near campus.

"I appreciate what they are trying to do, but I won't feel completely satisfied until every student is safe," student Albert Williams said.

Tulane University Police Superintendent John Barnwell said he isn't wasting any time to make the appropriate changes.

"We are hiring six extra New Orleans Police officers on the weekend to help out to supplement on duty patrol," Barnwell said.

The superintendent has already created alerts on Facebook, Twitter and an app to keep students informed.

The school also took out an ad in the Tulane newspaper to talk about crime within a one mile radius of the school.

According to reports, there have been aggravated rape cases, assaults, robberies and burglaries all within the last two months in addition to car jackings and purse snatchings.

"Every day we get citations by bars for underage drinking, where a block away, people are raped and robbed at gun point -- their priorities not straight at all," student Jessica Katz said.

The school is also making changes on campus.

Staffers are fixing broken lights and there are more foot and bicycle patrols.

The officers making those patrols are also wearing bright yellow vets.

School officials said emergency boxes are being upgraded and cameras may be coming soon.

Barnwell said the off camps patrol zone is being expanded and shuttle buses will soon have GPS tracking so students know where the buses are and whether to wait for them after dark.

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