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Dormitory security at risk

October 7th, 2010

During the past two weeks, there have been two reports of intrusions in Pacelli Hall reported to Campus Safety Services. Each time, the victims described waking up in the middle of the night to find a male intruder in their rooms.

Not only is this dangerous to students, but it is also a negative reflection of the security measures in place in the dormitories. Both of these issues should be addressed in order to best protect the students living on-campus.

Students should be the first to take responsibility for their safety by locking their doors every night.

Although no physical harm has been done to any students, it is clear that it is a real threat. If the University continues to require all non-commuter freshman and sophomore students to live in residence halls, safety should be the number one priority.

As it stands, anybody can gain access to any dormitory if they wait long enough for a resident to let them into the building. Unlike most universities, John Carroll does not require visitors to check in at a front desk.

Similarly they do not use security cameras anywhere in the buildings. The CSS investigation has concluded that the intruder is someone who lives in Pacelli, but they cannot identify who it is. The presence of security cameras would greatly assist in the investigation and identification of this person. It could also stop these incidents from occuring in the first place.

The University must take action and institute these security measures before one of these intrusions becomes dangerous to the students.

Although these incidents have only happened in one specific residence hall, all students living in on-campus housing should recognize the risks that exist and take the necessary measures to avoid any possible threats.