More police added, students adjust to Towson crime
Senior Alyse Grant said she never worried about the safety of Towson’s campus but had a wake-up call when she was near the University Village walking alone around the same time that a rape was reported in that area.
“I don’t walk by myself anymore,” she said.
Over the period of a month, there have been seven separate incidents in Towson, according to the Police Communications emails.
TUPD Deputy Chief of Police Joe Herring said that there are two different kinds of alerts that TUPD sends. One is about crimes that have just occurred that present an ongoing danger or threat to the community, he said.
The other is through email to make sure students are aware of safety and security in the area.
TUPD, in cooperation with Baltimore County’s Towson precinct, also extended their patrol to University Village, Herring said. BCPD is the primary control but TUPD was requested to do it in conjunction with the county police.
“We did add a couple of officers on a high visibility detail around campus, working the perimeter of campus,” he said.
Junior Kate Hudson said that she isn’t really affected by the crime because she doesn’t live on campus.
“I went to Maryland and they had the same amount of crime,” she said. “Unfortunately I’m used to it.”
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks said that there have been three additional Baltimore County Officers allocated to Towson for the month of September to help combat the crime.
“We have also created a citizen’s patrol program in west Towson,” he said. “Towson is growing, and as it continues to grow I will continue to look for more resources. I’ve talked in very general terms about it, and I’ve given my sense of emergency.”
Grant said that she is more cautious now and that her and her friends are trying to purchase Mace.
“School just started and there’s been a lot [of crime] already,” she said.
Freshman Micheala Flynn said that the crime is concerning.
“I still feel okay, I’m just a little wary of my surroundings,” she said.