Protect Students: Update UAH Residences With Automatic Locks

Protect Students: Update UAH Residences With Automatic Locks

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Abigail Bozarth started this petition to UAH Housing and Residence Life and

Most on campus criminal activity not perpetrated by students enters from University Drive. North Campus and Frank Franz Residence Halls are the closest dormitories to this crime epicenter and the farthest from campus police. Central Campus Housing is similarly situated, and due to its connection to the CTC, the building is easily entered by nonresidents. While newer dorms such as Charger Village are outfitted with automatic locking doors to the main rooms of each suite, North, Frank Franz, and Central have optional automatic locks few know how to operate or no such mechanisms at all, leaving students vulnerable should they or their suitemates forget to lock the door. As demonstrated by the intrusion and lewd statements of a non-affiliated man into a young woman’s dorm in North on November 2nd, 2019, it is possible for criminals to enter the building successfully.

While we understand that not every criminal potential can be removed from campus, we respectfully request that University Housing outfit these three residence halls (and any others in need of it) with automatic locks for their main rooms. Many of these dorms’ residents are freshmen, placed in housing with strangers. While some may wish to lock their doors, if their suitemates are not similarly inclined, such efforts do little good. Others forget, or choose not to. In any case, they would be safer and potentially feel safer if their main door always locked behind them, leading to an atmosphere of increased security on campus without imposing an undue burden of control.

The university would be able to brag about this feature during campus tours. Visiting parents and potential students want to see and feel that the school they are thinking about attending or sending their kids to is a safe one, as do current students and their relatives. This issue needs to be addressed quickly before another, potentially even more serious crime happens. Given enough time, it will.

UAH November Crime Log

UAH Criminal Trespass Warning Log

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