In a follow up to a story that had the EKU campus community abuzz last week, police say they have identified the suspicious occupants of a vehicle that seemed to be attempting to lure students. Eastern Kentucky University police emailed students over the weekend, explaining that the suspects had been identified. Police say that due to the outpouring of information on their tip line from students, they were able to find those responsible for the suspicious activity. An alert was sent out to students, describing the vehicle and its occupants: two Caucasian males and one Caucasian female. EKU Police say that the investigation is ongoing.
EKU President Dr. David McFaddin told WBONTV, “I commend our dedicated EKU police department for their action that led to the identification of these individuals,” said President David McFaddin. “This came to a swift resolution due to the watchful eye of our campus community. We each have a role in keeping our campus safe. When you see something, say something.”
As always, Police say to keep these tips in mind especially if you are walking on campus at night:
• Familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus. Survey the campus while classes are in session, and after dark, to see that academic buildings, walkways, facilities, and parking lots are adequately secured and well-lighted.
• Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets. Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends and give them your telephone numbers.
• At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or “short cuts” through isolated areas.
• Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
• Know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus and learn how to use them.
• If you are being followed, change direction and immediately call 911. Note the description of the person following you.
• Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential concealment.
• Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
• Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
• Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it; carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or your front pant pocket.
• Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
• Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that hinder your movements.
• Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
• If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.
• Download the free EKU S.A.F.E. app. https://emergency.eku.edu/insidelook/eku-safe-app-now-available