UNO working to restrict campus access amid burglaries

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 19, 2020 - 10:22 am

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The University of New Orleans is working to stop the car burglaries that have been plaguing the community and the campus.

School officials sent an email to students after yet another incident with multiple vehicles victimized.

"When our campus community was celebrating its annual Mardi Gras parade, 4 auto burglaries happened in the Engineering parking lot," the message detailed. "According to a witness, the two male suspects wore masks and were driving a white Honda Accord. We believe the same suspects were involved in other burglaries elsewhere around the city over the past several days."

It comes days after dozens of vehicles had their windows smashed in and items stolen on campus.  Across the city and the region other schools, churches, parks, businesses and neighborhoods have seen the same thing.

"We continue to work on improving campus security. Immediately, UNOPD will station a guard in the Engineering lot during the daytime. As we have previously communicated, we have closed off all campus entrances/exits during the overnight hours, with the exception of Alumni Drive at Elysian Fields. That is the only way on and off campus from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m."

The email says they have also shut down other access points to the campus all day and all night.

"We have also permanently barricaded other roads that have easy access to Leon C. Simon."

University cops are changing their approach too.

"We have altered patrol patterns, increased police presence in key areas and stationed unmarked UNOPD vehicles in various locations. We recognize that these actions have not yet eliminated the problem but we are committed to doing just that. The UNOPD is pursuing additional measures that will continue to enhance campus surveillance and security."
 

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