SU to Explore Loitering Ordinance for Near Campus Locations - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

SU to Explore Loitering Ordinance for Near Campus Locations

Posted: Updated:
Bateman Street just off Salisbury University campus. (Photo: WBOC) Bateman Street just off Salisbury University campus. (Photo: WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md. - While the recent assaults near Salisbury University remain a topic of conversation around town and on campus, school officials said they will investigate a variety of measures that could be taken to improve safety.  One such measure is the possible implementation of a loitering ordinance for areas near campus.

Speaking with a handful of students walking off of campus on Tuesday afternoon, some said leaving campus does not make them feel unsafe, but they do keep their guard up until they get home.

"You always have to check your back," said SU Junior, Tyler Wolfrey.  "I mean, when going places I don't know, places I'm not comfortable around, you definitely have to be checking."

"I'm in class with females who actually come to me with those types of situations and their fears and worries," said SU Senior, Troy Gale.  "So, the parking garage is an example.  It should be a safe place, and it is, but because of things going on, people don't feel safe."

Salisbury University President, Janet Dudley-Eshbach, said last week in a joint press release with the city of Salisbury, that the university would investigate a possible loitering ordinance for areas near campus.  Tuesday, University officials said it is still too early in the exploratory process to discuss the possible ordinance and how it would work or be enforced.  Some students said while the like the idea of an increased safety measure, they worry about the ordinance going too far or it simply being ignored.

"Anti-loitering would be a good idea depending on the exact place you're instituting it," said Gale.  "And it has to be enforced in that area and not be overkill because you don't want people to feel uncomfortable."

"It would be tough," said Wolfrey.  "I mean, rules are there to break.  So people are going to read it and they're not really going to care too much.  But I think with the honest people it will definitely keep them away a little bit more."

SU's President also said the school would possibly look into staffing for the university police and consider adding more security cameras and blue light emergency phones on and around campus.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • US Forecasters Expect 10-16 Tropical Storms in Active Season

    US Forecasters Expect 10-16 Tropical Storms in Active Season

    May 24, 2018 1:34 PM2018-05-24 17:34:00 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:34:45 GMT
    In this Aug. 28, 2017, file photo rescue boats float on a flooded street as people are evacuated from rising floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey. U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season. In this Aug. 28, 2017, file photo rescue boats float on a flooded street as people are evacuated from rising floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey. U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season.
    In this Aug. 28, 2017, file photo rescue boats float on a flooded street as people are evacuated from rising floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey. U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season.In this Aug. 28, 2017, file photo rescue boats float on a flooded street as people are evacuated from rising floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey. U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season.
    U.S. government forecasters said Thursday that they expect an active Atlantic hurricane season - an announcement that came as odds increased that the first tropical weather system of the year was forming in the Gulf of Mexico.More
    U.S. government forecasters said Thursday that they expect an active Atlantic hurricane season - an announcement that came as odds increased that the first tropical weather system of the year was forming in the Gulf of Mexico.           More
  • Dover Police Arrest Man for Chasing Kids With Pellet Gun

    Dover Police Arrest Man for Chasing Kids With Pellet Gun

    May 24, 2018 12:20 PM2018-05-24 16:20:00 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:07 PM EDT2018-05-24 17:07:32 GMT
    Dover police have arrested a man for accused of chasing five kids with a pellet gun that reportedly looked like a handgun.More
    Dover police have arrested a man for accused of chasing five kids with a pellet gun that reportedly looked like a handgun.More
  • In US House Race, Former Navy Commander Targets Former SEAL

    In US House race, former Navy commander targets former SEAL

    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:48 PM EDT2018-05-24 16:48:59 GMT
    Congressman Scott Taylor, R-Va., a Navy SEAL veteran, and Democratic challenger Navy veteran Elaine Luria. (Photo: AP)Congressman Scott Taylor, R-Va., a Navy SEAL veteran, and Democratic challenger Navy veteran Elaine Luria. (Photo: AP)

    Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who once led a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors wants to capture a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL.

    More

    Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who once led a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors wants to capture a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL.

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Boardwalk Barriers Installed in Ocean City

    Boardwalk Barriers Installed in Ocean City

    May 23, 2018 10:36 PM2018-05-24 02:36:00 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:47 AM EDT2018-05-24 12:47:26 GMT
    OCEAN CITY, Md--In Worcester County, Ocean City officials are beefing up security this summer by installing new boardwalk barriers. "We're installing barriers to prevent vehicles from accessing the boardwalk, we want to make sure that we are better safe tMore
    Ocean City officials are beefing up security this summer by installing new boardwalk barriers. More
  • Delaware Lawmakers Propose Bonuses on Top of Pay Raises

    Delaware Lawmakers Propose Bonuses on Top of Pay Raises

    May 23, 2018 5:25 PM2018-05-23 21:25:00 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 8:36 AM EDT2018-05-24 12:36:12 GMT
    Members of the Delaware legislature's budget-writing committee have approved spending $23 million to give state employees $500 bonuses next year, on top of pay raises proposed by Democratic Gov. John Carney.More
    Members of the Delaware legislature's budget-writing committee have approved spending $23 million to give state employees $500 bonuses next year, on top of pay raises proposed by Democratic Gov. John Carney.More
  • Salisbury Woman Convicted of Murder

    Salisbury Woman Convicted of Murder

    May 24, 2018 9:31 AM2018-05-24 13:31:00 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:31 AM EDT2018-05-24 13:31:02 GMT
    Brandi UpshurBrandi Upshur
    Brandi UpshurBrandi Upshur
    A Salisbury, Maryland woman has been convicted of first-degree murder, robbery and related charges in connection with last year's killing of a man in Wicomico County.More
    A Salisbury, Maryland woman has been convicted of first-degree murder, robbery and related charges in connection with last year's killing of a man in Wicomico County. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices