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UTSA Apartment Communities Tackle Safety Issues

Four Keys to Keeping Apartment Residents Safe

Earlier this month, KSAT-TV in Texas reported that American Campus Communities (ACC) held its first safety meeting to brainstorm ideas to keep residents of its apartment communities near the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) safe. The company, which owns several apartment communities close to campus, determined that it has four priorities moving forward. 

  1. Making sure residents know that most crimes are preventable. Jeff Metzger, ACC's vice president of training, states, "A lot of the crimes that happen in the area are perpetrated by acquaintances of the victim so resident education was a big part." 
  2. Convincing residents and folks in the community to speak up when they see suspicious activity. 
  3. Keeping crime rates down by reducing or stopping underage drinking altogether. 
  4. Maintaining open and consistent communication between management at area apartment communities, residents, and local law enforcement. 

UTSA Police Sergeant Geoffrey Merritt stated, "Information sharing is critical among all the community members. These things are definitely things that we need to work towards and work on, and I know that is a growing component and we just want to be a part of that and help however we can." He and his colleagues say crime activity in and around the UTSA campus has decreased in recent months, and staff members from area student apartment communities want to keep it that way. 

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