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Belmont Uses Networking Site To Keep Students Safe

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Security officers at Belmont University logged on to facebook to teach students and faculty about staying safe on campus.

Like any college campus, Belmont University has its share of petty crime.

"They've had some break-ins in the campus apartments on 15th Avenue. It's kind of scary," said student Lindsey Forte.

Campus police believe many of the crimes could have been prevented. Belmont security officer Renee Ruthven said too many times police are finding unlocked doors and other situations that invite criminals.

"If you guys haven't done it yet, I highly suggest it. Create a Facebook page," said Ruthven.

The challenge Ruthven said is reaching students to tell them how to stay safe, so she created a facebook group called "Keep Belmont Safe."

"Through that page students have been able to talk to me and voice their concerns, and I've been able to talk back with them and let them know hey this is what we're doing. This is what you can do to help us," said Ruthven.

A few students have suggested police put surveillance cameras on all campus housing.

"A lot of students network through facebook more than face to face. A lot of people don't socialize anymore. A lot of things are technology based so it's probably a good thing," said student Rami Nofal.

One student correctly pointed out that students have to be careful what they post, because they won't be anonymous.

"Each person has their own profile, and so if you post something it's going to show who you are," said student Kristen Bogle.

The idea though seems to be well accepted.

"The individuals in the community are ultimately the ones that are responsible for helping take care of the community and keeping it safe," said student Tyler Howell.

The group Keep Belmont Safe is only a month old, and students said it needs time to catch on.
Belmont University's Office of Campus Security/Crime Prevention Unit

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