Safety Precautions and Ongoing Issues
Wayne State University has had some crime issues lately, like any campus. WSU police do their part by patrolling the campus around the clock and sending crime alert emails to students and faculty when an incident occurs. According to the Wayne State University Police Department, 3 robberies have taken place this semester on campus, one of these robberies including an abduction.
Campus Safety sends out emails to students and faculty about crime alerts.
The campus safety emails always include what crime occurred, when it occurred and a description of the assailant(s). At the end of the email, there is a list of ways students and faculty can help prevent or decrease their chances of being targeted as a victim. This is just another way that the WSU police are trying to keep students and faculty safe from harm.
After the most recent crime alerts that took place in September, October and November, some students have decided to take precautions they deem necessary for their on-campus safety. WSU Junior Atalaya Adams says she seeks out the campus police to escort her on her route home after work.
WSU Police will escort any student where they need to go if they are asked. They also have emergency telephone stations throughout the campus. There is a little red button on the station that you push when you need assistance and you can talk to an officer using the station and they can locate which station is being used.
The WSU police not only patrol the campus but also surrounding Midtown areas. This map shows a few locations where they patrol.
Despite all the efforts WSU police have been taking to ensure that students are safe, there are still ongoing issues with campus safety right on the main campus. According to the WSU Police Homepage, 8 rapes were reported in campus housing over the last year and 9 rapes were reported on the main campus. Other departments have to step in when WSU Police don’t catch everything. Shanice Leach, Domestic Violence Victims Advocate for the Detroit area, says she has helped WSU students with certain crimes they have been victims of.
Sometime after the rape incidents on campus, a new program called the Rape Aggression Defense was created for students. Rape Aggression Defense is a 13 hour program where women are taught special techniques used to handle their aggressors, safety tips, avoiding situations and more. R.A.D. offers instructor certification courses, as well as basic and advances courses. More intense levels of the program include weapons defense options, keychain defense options, and aerosol defense options. Domestic violence seminars, teen seminars and resisting aggression with defense for men are also offered.
WSU Sophomore Alicia Stephens says she would still like to feel a little safer on campus. “I see the police driving around on campus like everyday but we somehow still receive those scary campus watch emails. I don’t see how crimes keep happening kind of back to back like this on our little campus and I just need the police to really handle these situations better.”
Other safety programs that exist for students include a Street Smarts Personal Safety Seminar. This seminar teaches students how they can avoid being a victim and is a free seminar. Orientations are mandatory for all new students, transfer students and faculty. During Orientation, all who are in attendance are informed of the WSUPD’s phone numbers, safety programs, common crimes and how to avoid them and any questions and concerns attendees may have.
WSU Freshman Nairee Anderson says she has seen the good and bad when it comes to campus safety. “I definitely feel like there are some crime issues on this campus that need to be addressed but not just with outsiders who come to our campus to victimize us, but with actual students too. This is a nice school and I’ve seen the police handle some things and that’s good but I’ve literally witnessed people stealing from other students and running away. I’ve seen them abusing each other and drugs and alcohol right in the open on campus too. It makes me feel like I need to constantly be looking over my shoulder and it really shouldn’t be that way.”
Training sessions for active attacker situations have been created and the police have been working to arrest the people responsible for the robbery and abduction crimes committed on WSU’s campus.
Just like any other college campus, Wayne State University has some issues with crime, but the WSU police and other officials are working to decrease the amount of crime happening on campus.
If you would like to view the statistics about crime on WSU’s campus from 2014-2017, please click on my Timeline.