Central New York, Education, Public Safety

SU Students Make Their Own Moves to Create Safer Environment

Wireless security system

SU Students install own security systems

SU students living off-campus are installing wireless security systems to protect their homes.

By Angelica Rodriguez SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News)- A string of security issues on Syracuse University campus this month has students taking it upon themselves to ensure their safety.

Some students are using social media to express their concerns regarding the security on campus. Others are taking action to protect themselves by installing security systems in their homes.

A junior at Syracuse University used social media to explain her concerns about the safety on campus on Monday morning. The 20-year-old student, Megan Minier, wrote a letter to Chancellor Kent Syverud expressing her sadness and fears for the lack of safety after reading an email sent by campus police about the last off-campus sexual assaults that occurred on Sunday night.

“I write to you in my bed in tears,” Minier wrote in the letter.

Minier took a screenshot of the letter and posted it on Facebook. She thought that social media would get the word faster. The letter eventually reached over 280 likes and 275 shares on the social media page.

Students were not the only ones who gave a prompt response to Minier. Syracuse University Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado addressed in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon many of the concerns mentioned in students’ letters like the one from Minier.

Chief Maldonado explained that there are now more patrols working in areas inside and outside campus.

Maldonado sent an email to the entire campus explaining the precautions that have been taken over the past two years. He also encouraged students to get to know the different resources that could help in case of emergency.

After reading the chief’s email, Minier said she felt confident that her message pressured DPS to act upon the students’ fears.

“I wanted a confirmation from DPS that they recognize it is an issue more so with the community, not just the university,” said Minier.

Other students who live off-campus took a step further and installed their own security systems.

Some students are installing wireless security systems that allow them to detect any movement inside and outside their homes.

A student who asked not to be identified by his name, installed Times Warner IntelligentHome system after he was robbed in his house on Ostrom Avenue three weeks ago.

He says this system is worth paying an additional 40 dollars per month because now he feels that his house is always protected.

Chief Maldonado insists that communication with students is key to working efficiently. He encourages students to download the “LifeSave” app that acts as a mobile blue light. It allows students to easily communicate with DPS.

DPS Chief Maldonado explains the features of the app "LiveSafe"

DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado explains how patrolling works in areas close to campus.

20-year-old Junior Megan Minier

Chief Maldonado's email sent on Tuesday Afternoon