SALISBURY, Md.- On the heels of last weekend's fatal stabbing at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, campus security will be a greater focus at colleges and universities across Maryland.
Unfortunately, it has become a part of the college experience. A campus crime that sparks the conversation about campus security.
"Last semester, we actually had an assault on campus and it was something that really triggered a lot more safety initiatives. We got a lot more cameras in places that were kind of hidden. We do a safety walk every semester to see what lights are out and the dark areas of campus," said Katherine Mooney, a senior at Salisbury University.
At SU, safety is provided and taught through various means. Guidelines are handed out to all students and freshman attend seminars during their first semester. The university police can be in contact with everyone on campus within seconds by the touch of a button.
"We have an emergency notification system where in essence we click a button, we have some pre-programmed of what the emergencies are and what that message is and that is sent out, both voice and text messaging, depending on how that person is signed up," said Brian Waller with the Salisbury University Police.
However, university police at SU and every college campus can only do so much. Students need to take it upon themselves to sign up for those notifications, attend the seminars and retain all of the information provided to them.
"I can't say that I remember everything, but the fact that SGA does the safety week, I mean, I've gone to that every year and that's really helpful," said SU senior Emma Lewis.
"Freshman orientation was pretty much every single annoying stupid seminar that had them giving all these options we had on campus. Probably my fault for not paying enough attention or remembering them more," said Dan Butler, a freshman at SU.
Predicting incidents like what happened at UMES may be impossible, but being prepared is the best possible defense.
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