Report: Burglary spikes on LSU campus in 2011, students wary of crime
Baton Rouge, La — Ashley Joseph is brand new to LSU, and soon after she started she got some friendly advice from an upper classmen.
"Sometimes at night campus can look and be kind of sketchy,” stated Joesph. “I have my pepper spray."
But senior Elliot Chong says things have gotten a lot better since he was a freshmen.
"Before you couldn't walk around at night,” said Chong. “Now, I've been on campus pretty late at night, and there's just fewer encounters."
According to the LSU Annual Fire Safety Report, the number of burglary cases is up on campus.
LSU Police say back in November 2011, they noticed a spike in burglaries at a resident hall and fraternity houses, but after that month the number of reports dropped.
"We're city within a city,” stated Cpt. Cory Lalonde with the LSU Police Department. “We have a population of 30,000 on any given school day. We're not immune to any type of crime on campus."
Police say more students reported suspicious activity, thanks to the “See it. Share it.” program. The program encourages students to call in whenever they see suspicious activity.
Students say despite the new numbers, they still feel pretty safe on campus, even though they are still looking out for crimes.