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Campus security in question after incident at University of South Florida

By: Ally McNamara
TU journalism student | Oct. 8, 2009

Towson University Police sit outside dormatories to watch for suspicious activity around the buildings.  The police strongly urge students to be careful walking alone at night and report any suspicious activity. (Ally McNamara, Oct. 7, 2009).

Towson University Police sit outside dormitories to watch for suspicious activity around the buildings. The police strongly urge students to walk in groups at night and pay attention to online crime alerts. (Ally McNamara, Oct. 7, 2009).

Towson students report a feeling of safety and security on campus, but as soon as they step off campus, their feelings change.

“For the most part I do, the only times I don’t feel safe would be obviously night time,” said Towson student Julia Ngo.

University Police arrested Vincent Thomas-Perry McCoy Monday, Oct. 5, at the University of South Florida, for a false report of a bomb against state owned property.

According to University of South Florida’s website, UP received three calls about alleged armed suspects on campus on Monday and responded to the incident immediately by sending out a MoBull alert, USF’s emergency texting service, stating, “Armed Intruder on Campus: Stay Inside. Lock Doors.  Emergency Personnel Responding.”  Seventeen minutes later, UP sent out another alert stating, “Reports of an armed person on campus at the Library.  Officers are on scene searching the area.  Avoid the area and report anything suspicious.”

The university went on lock-down due to reports of a bomb threat on a campus-ran bus, an alleged gunman outside the library, and a man walking around campus holding a puppy and a hunting knife.

“I do depend on the bus.  I mean, naturally, I feel a little more hesitant to ride it; there are some things maybe I should think about and not be so oblivious to,” Ngo said after learning about the incident at USF.

UP charged Markenson Innocent with a false report of a bomb on state property, on Wednesday, Oct. 7.  Innocent is a former USF student and already has a lengthy list of previous arrests and charges.

Towson uses mobile messaging, along with e-mails to inform students, families, and faculty of suspicious activities, crime alerts, and inclement weather.

“Mobile and web alerts are very helpful because it’s the only way I find out about weather updates, crime updates, social functions, and class cancellations,” said Towson student John Smith.  “If I didn’t check both often, I would be out of the loop.”

Towson’s UP chose not to comment on the issue.

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