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- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 4, 1986 - Page 11

Security deals with sma

By MELISSA BIRKS
University security guards spend
more time responding to calls than
patrolling ,the campus - a direct'
result of the Department of Safety's'
limited staff, officials say.
According to Leo Heatley, director
of public safety, an average of four of-
ficers work every shift, including a
dispatch officer and supervisor.
Security, covering 2,500 acres, gets,
about 80 calls a day and responds to
everything from physical assaults to'
broken air conditioners.
One day last July, for instance, only
two officers were available to respond
to 15 calls of malicious destruction
during one eight hour shift.
"They could ask for eight or 16
more and we'd utilize every one of
them," said Gary Hall, an in-
vestigator at the department. Though
Public Safety has hired four more of-
ficers for the fall, only 16 actually
patrol campus.
"We still don't have enough
uniformed people by any stretch of
the imagination," Hill said.
Work backed up
The effect of such limited staff is a

backlog of reports and paperwork,
while officers respond to each call,
"You probably won't see the reports
for another two or three days," Hill
said.
Investigations are often hurried,
and, according to Heatley, "You take
a report from one victim, and
sometimes you have to leave to go to
another call."
Currently, the average response
time is three minutes for department
of safety officers. Occasionally, Hill
said, the department gets a call from
one area of campus while the officers
on duty are located at the opposite
side. Officers have arrived to find the
perpetrator gone, "more times than I
can count," Hill said.
"With more staff, there would be
more people to handle calls. It would
be more people to handle calls. It
would allow us to start programs such
as crime prevention and safe walk
(escort service)," Hill said.
Hill added that he doesn't think the
University is doing enough to make
the campus safe. But he and Heatley
agreed that a larger staff wouldn't
necessarily reduce campus crime.

Supplementing staff
"Rather than spending energy
crying about the number of officers,
we're trying to focus on alternative
ways to supplement what we've
got,"said Julie Steiner, director of the
University's new Sexual Assault
Prevention and Awareness Center.
While Heatley also says the Univer-
sity could do more to combat crime,
he is content with the four new of-
ficers and the proposed new
emergency phone system.
Heatley said the new officers must
be ready to respond to calls from the
emergency phones, even if they are
false alarms.
The phones scheduled to be in-
stalled in September, will be hooked
up by computer to the department,
they will trigger an alarm whenever
the received is knocked off its base.
The center and the emergency
phones, Heatley said, are part of a

ii sta
renewed interest in campus safety
which can ultimately help the depar-
tment monitor and prevent crime.
"Maybe the phones will reduce
crime almost as much as putting on
more personnel," Heatley said. "If
they don't, I can justify putting extra
personnel." He added, "I wouldn't
want to see a large staff and nothing
else."
Shanty attacks
While some schools and departmen-
ts often hire security guards at $5.84
from an independent company, cam'
pus security cannot afford to patrol a;
specific area, like the anti-apartheid
shanty on the Diag.
The Free South Africa Coordinating
Committee (FSAC) has requested'
additional security for the shanty aff
ter the structure was vandalized:
about a dozen times since it was erec-3
ted in March.

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Public Safety Officer Jesse Johnson answers a call at the Department of
Public Safety dispatch office on Tuesday. Security officials say their
relatively small staff means officers often barely have time to take one
report before they're sent out on another call.
New ticket system
may reduce scalping
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can sell your ticket without giving
over the whole (package of tickets).
And no one's going to risk that."
RENFREW countered that the
Athletic Department doesn't provide
student tickets at half price so studen-
ts can resell them.
He said students who plan on selling
some of their tickets "really
shouldn't order their tickets." In-
stead, he said, students who want to
go to certain games should order
tickets for just those games.
"That would give the students who
want to go to all the games a chance
at getting better seats," Renfrew
said.
The new system will not com-
pletely prevent students from selling
their tickets. First of all, students can
sell one ticket, loan the attached
package to the buyer, and trust the
buyer to return the attached package.
Obviously, students would only do this
with friends or relatives.
STUDENTS can also sell all of their
remaining tickets at any time during
the season, and tickets to the last

game can be sold as if they were non-
student tickets. This will become
especially important next year when
Michigan concludes its season again-
st Ohio State.
Other universities, including Ohio
State, have ticket systems similar to
Michigan's. There is some scalping
on the Ohio State campus, but not as
much as there would be if the students
had normal tickets, said OSU
assistant director of ticket sales
Roger Deerhake.
Michigan State also uses a similar
ticket system, but only for basketball
and hockey. Renfrew said Michigan
basketball and hockey tickets will not
change to the new system.
The change in systems at Michigan
may cause problems on the day of the
Wolverine's first home game, Sept.
20. Students accustomed to the old
system may tear their tickets off their
packages, which would invalidate the
tickets.
RENFREW said the new admittan-
ce policy will be enforced even for the
first game.

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