Safety measures you can take on TROY’s campus

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — After an Augusta University nursing student was killed while jogging on campus, some students may be wondering what they can do to keep themselves safe on TROY’s campus.

According to the Troy University Police Department (TUPD), a safe walkable campus for all is at the of its officers’ minds. As some students work to find ways to prioritize their safety, Sergeant Rachel Farmer says the first thing to do is to pay attention to the people around you.

“Major thing is put down your cell phone,” Farmer said. “You have to be aware of your surroundings. You certainly can’t be aware of someone who’s following you or hiding behind a bush or something because you are not paying attention to your surroundings.”

Farmer also suggests traveling in groups.

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“It’s always better to be in groups and not be by yourself. When you’re out at night you need to be aware of your surroundings. Not just where you’re at but where you’re possibly parking your car. Be sure that you’re in a well-lit area. Be sure that your route to and from your car is well lit and, of course, if you can be accompanied by someone else. If you do feel unsafe, you’re welcome to call us and we can walk with you across campus.”

Cameras have also been put put in a place around campus to track license plates to ensure no unwanted visitors are on the campus.

“[It] really does help with us identifying what car was in a certain area at a certain time,” Farmer said. “There are lists so that it helps keep people who have been banned or trespassed from our campus off of it so that we’re aware of it.”

Troy University also utilizes its Campus Siren System. The system can activated in case of an emergency via emergency phones. When activated, an alert will be sent to TUPD and an officer will be sent to that location.