Promised campus safety improvements necessary

Though Carnegie Mellon is located in a busy city, the campus lacks the often intimidating urban atmosphere of other big-city schools due to its set-back, enclosed campus feel. Most students can walk around Carnegie Mellon at almost any time of the day (or night) and feel safe; thoughts of getting mugged are not likely on anyone’s mind, even while walking back to their dorms after a late night at the computer cluster.

Recently, however, there has been a surge in theft on campus. Last semester, an Official Communications e-mail that was sent out warned the student body of an increase in break-ins and thefts in the East Campus Garage. The e-mail went on to state that a number of cars had their windows shattered, and that belongings were stolen from inside the parked cars.

Jared Itkowitz and Pooja Godbole, Student Body President and Vice President, respectively, made campus safety part of their election platform and thus far have successfully stuck to their goal of reconsidering safety options, especially with a report they completed over break assessing overall campus safety. The pair stated that they believed safety was a growing concern on campus, and as a result, they came up with a number of suggestions to improve the matter. Their plans for doing so included improving the existing SafeWalk program, starting a Safe Rider cab service, and increasing police patrolling on Fifth Avenue; all progams would help Carnegie Mellon students continue to feel safe on campus.

We are glad Jared and Pooja are aware of the current safety concerns on campus, that they realize there are steps that can be taken to improve safety, and that they have plans in place to work to make those improvements. Safety is an important concern on any college campus, and even more so for a college campus in a busy city like Pittsburgh.

Hopefully, their plans for increasing safety will take into consideration not only the safety of the students, with their suggestions for SafeWalk and a Safe Rider cab, but also the safety of students’ belongings, with plans for added security to decrease theft on campus.