Although construction of new fences around campus has decreased the number of vehicle burglaries in many parking lots, according to TCU Police data, additional methods are being implemented in other areas where crime remains frequent. TCU Police statistics indicate that fences on campus have made parking lots safer, significantly decreasing the total number of vehicle burglaries, yet crime in certain areas is consistently high.
TCU Police will soon be installing a new camera system in some parking lots to help combat crime on campus, a TCU Police sergeant said.In several cases this semester, police have been unable to use security footage from the existing cameras to identify suspects.
Saturday morning, the cameras were unable to help police when freshman Brownie Porterfield's blue Chevy Blazer was broken into in the freshman parking lot, said TCU Police Sgt. Kelly Ham.
After watching the film "Freedom Writers," one student was motivated to create a group with the hopes of impacting children throughout the Fort Worth area.Jason Jacobus recently joined several other students to start F.R.O.G.S. for Our Future, a new student organization on campus.
F.R.O.G.S. stands for "Frogs Respect Our Growing Society." The organization aims to provide guidance for students who want to help area youth and act as a liaison between students and local community service organizations, said Jacobus, a senior psychology major.
A TCU shuttle bus backed into a TCU student's Toyota Corolla at about 2 p.m. Wednesday on the corner of West Cantey and Cockrell. Sara Baker, a sophomore communication studies and accounting major, was taking sophomore Ali Buron, mechanical engineering major, home when the bus she was following stopped, backed up and hit her vehicle.
"We were stopped because the bus stopped," Baker said. "I put my horn on and the bus smashed into me."
Bus driver Doris Chappell reversed the bus when a passenger yelled for her to stop, Fort Worth Police Officer L. M. Sanborn said.
Where there's smoke, there are fire trucks, police cars, maintenance workers, tennis facility staff and alarm contractors.Members of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center staff saw smoke coming out of an air vent shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, said Craig Smith, tennis center director.
The alarm system signaled TCU Police, who dispatched vehicles to the scene and contacted the Fort Worth Fire Department, said DeAnn Jones of the TCU Police Department.
Vandals were busy smashing windows around the TCU area over winter break, causing more than $13,700 worth of damage to both TCU and local properties.Nothing was reported stolen after unknown suspects broke a radio-TV-film department truck's windows with a pipe at about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 28, causing an estimated $10,000 worth of damage, TCU Police Sgt. Kelly Ham said.
Damage to the windows of a bus-stop shelter in the parking lot north of the football stadium amounted to about $1,300, said Hollis Dyer, superintendent of maintenance.