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Temple University Enhances Security

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Temple University is bolstering its on and off-campus security.

The increase in university security and police officers is part of a process that began in the fall to help keep students safer, says Ray Betzner, a representative of the university.

“Back in the fall, we increased the number of alerts and advisories that have gone out around campus, but as part of that process too, we did an evaluation of our staffing levels,” said Betzner who added about a dozen officers will bring the security complement to about 135.

“They’ll be on foot patrol, eventually they’ll all be on bike patrol,” said Betzner.

Most students say they like this idea.

“It just makes us feel a whole lot safer,” said one student. “It’s great for the Temple Community, you know it’s just more safety for the students.”

“It’s nice seeing the security guards on the corner all night, and it’s a big difference from when I was here four years ago when you didn’t see much of them and now they’re patrolling all night,” said another senior.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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  • ravincraven

    That’s a big improvement from when I went there in the 1970s and ’80s. There were no security guards to be seen anywhere, and the pkg. lots weren’t even locked or guarded. I got mugged a couple of times. It kind of soured me on going back to the city at all.

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