Temple University Expands Security Patrols

Temple University Expands Security Patrols

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Temple University is beefing up security patrols to keep the students and community safe.

FOX 29's Jennifer Joyce has the story.

More than 450 Temple University police and Allied Barton security officers are now patrolling an expanded coverage zone.

“To better serve the 13,000 students who live on or near campus” said Executive Director of Public Safety of Temple University Charles Leone.

Leone says a plan to expand campus police territory has been in the works for months as the student population off campus has grown exponentially.

“It was sometimes unsafe and really loud and rowdy on 18th Street,” said student Rachel Sload.

Officials say the security plan was expedited after a female Temple University student was attacked last spring. In the attack, police say the young woman was hit in the face with a brick by a group of high school students on Norris near 17th Street, which was an area previously not covered.

"The reality of the situation is that there is some crime out there and we don't have the resources as you do on campus,” said Leone.

Police coverage is now extended two blocks west to 18th, north to Susquehanna, east to 9th and south to Jefferson. 

A positive change for the students FOX 29 spoke with on Wednesday.

“Hopefully, there's less crime people's houses get broken into,” said Sload.

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