“I’m not comfortable at all,” Kaia Bonet, LSU senior. “I’m making sure I am paying attention around me.”
LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard says the university is working to increase safety with a new security camera system, upgrading lighting and stationing police officers around residence halls at night. The university’s 60 full-time police officers will also continue to patrol 24/7.
Safety measures are something students have been demanding for years.
“I know at other universities there’s like a light post where the police will come to you right immediately,” said Marie Vilcin, LSU sophomore.
Students living at Acadian Hall say they are scared.
“I definitely have talked to juniors and sophomores and they say it has never been like this before,” said one Acadian Hall resident. “I thought it would be safer.”
The most recent attempted kidnapping happened Thursday right here outside of Acadian Hall, according to police. Reports say it involved a student and a food delivery person. LSU police are still looking for that driver.
“A typical crime we would see is if a student leaves a backpack behind and someone takes it,” said Ballard.
Ballard says crime on campus still remains low, but he wants to remind students what to do when they feel unsafe.
“Make sure you’re signed up for the emergency text alert, make sure you are signed up for the emergency shield app,” he said.
Anyone with more information regarding the recent crimes is urged to contact LSUPD. For campus police information, click here.