Bryan Makinen, executive director of public safety and risk management addressed concerns from the campus community over recent events in Madison County in an email Wednesday.
Madison Countians have been on edge since the recent disappearance of 22-year-old Richmond resident Savannah Spurlock, a recent sexual assault on EKU property and the discovery of Amanda Bailey’s body in a field near Lake Reba.
“Your safety is our primary concern,” Makinen said in the email. “It is our goal to foster a campus atmosphere that provides our students with the safety they deserve. We do this with methodical planning, training, implementation, monitoring, reporting and enforcement.”
Makinen assured students, faculty and staff that EKU personnel are always on duty, have county-wide jurisdiction and partner with the Richmond Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Berea Police Department. He also urged students in residence halls to follow housing policies and not let unauthorized persons into their buildings.
“Crimes tend to be opportunistic,” Makinen said. “Criminals tend to take the path of least resistance. We recommend that you secure your vehicles, rooms, belongings, etc. when you are away. If a situation looks, sounds or feels wrong, it probably is. Listen to your instincts and create time, distance and shield yourself from a perceived threat. Report any suspicious person or activity to the EKU Police Department immediately by phoning (859) 622-1111.”
Members of the campus community can also request an escort back to their vehicles or buildings through the LiveSafe Mobile App or by calling EKU Police, Makinen said. To learn more about LiveSafe, visit http://publicsafety.eku.edu/livesafe-mobile-safety-app.