School officials announced extended measures for both the campus and the neighborhood that surrounds it. Among the measures:
-adding more officers, both, from campus police and LAPD to be more present in the area.
-extending the coverage year round, including the summer term.
-better monitoring of the schools closed circuit video camera in the neighborhood.
-expanding "campus cruiser" services to a wider area while, at the same time, reducing wait times to no more than 15 minutes.
The extra security comes after the July 24th attack and death of a 24 year old graduate student from China. Xinran Ji was beaten while returning to his campus adjacent apartment after a late night study session. Four people have been arrested and charged with his death.
"I have been terrified ever since that happened" says one undergrad from India, who says her parents wanted to pull her put of school after the murder.
A graduate student from China adds that his family seem to believe all of Los Angeles is dangerous, but adds that he is not afraid.
One undergrad from out of state says she has seen more security since the incident, but really wants to see "even more".
Adding to it all, area residents, who are hoping all that campus security will expand well into the neighborhood, not just around the dorms or student apartments. They agree students tend to be targeted by thugs, but insist everyone is a victim.
No comment on the extra measure from school security, or LAPD. They work side by side in the area, which still sees quite a bit of problems, despite a decrease of crime in the city.
Most of the measures will begin this fall.??
WJBK-TV | Fox 2
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