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USC students welcomed with increased security

August 22, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
As thousands of students arrive for the start of the fall term, one of the big changes they'll see is increased security.

About 90 percent of the incoming freshman, or about 3,000 students, will be moving in on Wednesday and living on campus.

The school's department of security says there are more patrols and more personnel. In addition, the LAPD has added 30 personnel to monitor the area.

"We've gone out of our way this year to do all that we can to inform students, faculty and staff about the services that USC Public Safety provides and our patrol area, which is actually about a two-and-a-half square-mile area surrounding campus," said USC Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.

Every year, USC's Public Safety department alerts incoming students about the ways that they can increase their safety on and off campus, but this year, the school has increased the number of emails sent, particularly reaching out to international students.

The university's move follows the murder of two USC graduate students, Ming Qu and Ying Wu, nine blocks from campus in April. Not even a week later, four other students were robbed at gunpoint four blocks away from campus.

Bryan Barnes, 20, and Javier Bolden, 19, were eventually arrested and charged for the double murder. They are currently awaiting trial.

Public Safety reminded students that safety is a shared responsibility, and it's always smart to be alert and aware of your surroundings.


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