LANGSTON — Security upgrades put in place after a 2010 shooting appear to have quelled campus crime at Langston University, the campus police chief says.
Langston University police Chief Michael Storr said there have been no major crimes on campus since an Oct. 14, 2010, incident that landed two men in the hospital.
One man was shot and another was kicked in the head and seriously injured when a fight broke out at Langston's Scholars' Inn Complex dormitory.
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Logan County Sheriff Jim Bauman said his office hasn't been called to any incidents at the university since the shooting.
“It's been really quiet,” he said.
After the incident, university officials recognized they were unable to get reliable information about campus crime from students, Storr said. A “no-snitching” attitude existed on campus, he said, so students were unwilling to come forward with information.
Campus loitering, particularly at night, had become a problem, he said. Most of the problems were caused not by students, but by visitors.
The university hired six private security guards to focus on the university's housing areas at night, when most of the incidents occurred. Working with the university's 13 uniformed police officers, the guards patrol the area, Storr said.
If guards see a person loitering, they ask the person if he or she is a student or a visitor. Guards check students' campus identification cards and question visitors about whom they're visiting, he said.
Guards also serve as a visible presence on campus, which helps the university demonstrate that it takes security seriously, Storr said.
“They'll be our eyes and ears for us,” he said.
The 2010 incident wasn't Langston's first instance of campus violence. On Aug. 16, 2009, four people who weren't students were shot and wounded after a back-to-school party.
A month later, on Sept. 28, another gunman fired shots during an argument outside the Scholars' Inn Complex dormitory. No one was injured.
In the wake of the shootings, university officials invested more than $200,000 to improve security. Welcome shacks were set up at university entrances so no one could get in without campus police knowing why they were there.
More lighting and video cameras were installed throughout the campus, and university officials implemented an emergency alert system allowing them to warn students, faculty and staff of potential dangers via email, cellphones and other means.