Parents of Students at UC-Berkeley ‘Hire Private Security to Patrol Campus’

2024-03-13 05:00:34

This is crazy. Isn’t the school responsible for keeping the students safe?

Parents of UC Berkeley students hire private security guards to patrol campus

Starting this week, a team of private security guards will patrol the south side of the University of California Berkeley campus. They were hired by a group of concerned parents.

The guards will work from 6:30 at night to 3 a.m., focusing on patrolling three main dorm buildings and the surrounding area. Cal parents who are part of a group called Safe Bears say this is long overdue but some wonder if it will really make the streets safer.

Rebekah, who declined to provide her last name, studies electronic engineering. She arrived in Berkeley in 2018 and felt safe on campus and in the city but, in the last two years, she’s been the victim of two armed robberies.

“I was parking in my driveway and, as I was unlocking the door, two people approached me from behind,” she said. “One came to the driver’s seat. One came to the passenger seat. They pointed a gun at me and told me to get out of the car.”

She lost her personal belongings and her car.

“I feel like, when I’m walking the streets, I’m always scared. I’m always looking around,” she said. “When I get in and out of cars, I’m always running to my car and locking immediately. I feel like it’s not a sustainable lifestyle anymore.”

Like many cities in the Bay Area, Berkeley has seen its share of robberies and other violent crimes. Sagar Jethani has twin boys at Cal and couldn’t wait any longer for the university to beef up security.

“The fact is if they’re not going to act, despite repeated pleas from parents and students to take more substantial action, then we’re going to act,” Jethani said. “We’re going to do what needs to be done to keep our family safe.”

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