Tulane president responds to uptick in burglaries near university area

Wynton Yates talks about Tulane University's response to a recent uptick in burglaries in the area.

NEW ORLEANS -- The president of Tulane University sent out a letter to the community responding to the recent uptick in burglaries around the area.

For Lauren Curry, the crime Uptown is nothing to take lightly

“It’s very real, last summer my house was broken into,” said Curry.

She explained that while she was away from home someone tried to climb into her house through a broken window, but was scared off by a neighbor before taking anything.

“That was not so fun, to have somebody invade your personal space is pretty scary,” said Curry.

Curry is a senior at Tulane and like most students and faculty safety is always in the back of her mind

“I definitely felt safer when I was living on campus,” said Curry.

In the wake of a rash of recent burglaries near Tulane’s uptown campus where suspects would target unlocked doors.

Tulane President Michael Fitts sent out a letter to the university community reassuring them that the administration is remaining vigilant.

“My take from that email is that the university is truly trying really hard to protect the safety of this community, safety of the students and also the staff here,” said Tulane faculty member Yuchen Zzhang.

Tuesday, Texas State Police arrested Kristian Willemoes and Ekaterina Sitnikova was arrested by the St. Tammany Sherriff’s office. NOPD said the couple Is responsible for multiple burglaries in the university area.  Both will be extradited back to Orleans Parish.

“Generally, the crime gets worse in the summer especially the part when everybody starts to come back to campus but after that I find that it tends to calm down a lot,” said Tulane student Alexander Brown.

Knowing that Tulane Campus police tells me that they have Officers increased officers conducting surveillance, more bike patrols and increased NOPD presence.

But for students like Rachael Bryan has only been living in New Orleans for 2 weeks, safety will always remain the forefront of her mind

“Since I can’t take my car to campus, it’s kind of terrifying to walk to the street car and go home at night,” said Bryan.

(© 2016 WWL)


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