Student safety is a priority on most college campuses. But when the campus is located in an area more prevalent to crime, it becomes more of a concern. Colleges want to provide an environment where students feel safe, but sometimes they may need a little extra help.
Michele Trotter, a newly employed member of the Allied Barton security staff, is just one of the many people working to keep the students of Temple University School of Medicine safe on a daily basis.
Trotter was positioned earlier this week in a booth on the corner of Ontario and Broad streets, although she did note that the employees do rotate positions. These positions can range from sitting in the booth to overseeing the safety of patients and employees inside Temple University Hospital.
“I can’t speak for the [students], but I’m sure they probably do feel a little safer [with us around],” Trotter said. “I can see for myself some things [that] they are doing. It’s not common sense, but it’s that age where you’re carefree. You don’t really think, you know. You have your earphones in, and you’re not aware of your surroundings.”
Although students, visitors and local residents have the Allied Barton staff, as well as Temple Police watching out for them, Trotter noted that they can take some precautions to ensure their safety in case an emergency situation would present itself. “Your mace should be in your hand, and your phone set to call the Police. You have to think like that.”