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Published On: Wed, Jun 5th, 2019

As crime and the immigration crisis remains, University of New Mexico wants to add fence as ‘security barrier’

The University of New Mexico is considering a “10-foot-tall, wrought-iron fence with sharp points at the top” would be used “as a security barrier between New Mexico’s largest public university and the rest of the city,” reports the Albuquerque Journal.

As the immigration crisis continues, high jacked by political debate, those impacted are reeling to find control mechanisms. The UNM faces struggles with homeless people on campus to drug users locking themselves in the bathroom stalls to get high to hundreds of car thefts and even rapes, according to the report.

Consultants paid to help drum up ideas on how to keep the campus safe had suggested the 13,000 feet of fencing, but a campus spokesman told the Journal that there “are no imminent decisions about perimeter security and any strategy involves multiple things to consider before moving forward.”

The study says that UNM has what the consultants refer to as a “very open campus environment that does not currently prohibit access to the Main Campus by anyone, whether authorized user, casual trespasser, or criminal.”

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According to the recent 2017 report on criminal activity on campus: there were 18 rapes, 12 cases of fondling, seven robberies, 15 aggravated assaults, 211 motor vehicle thefts, four arson cases, 39 burglaries, 16 liquor law arrests, eight drug arrests, and one illegal weapons arrest.

“Unlike many large state universities, UNM is in the ‘urban center’ of Albuquerque, where crime, notably car theft, and violence are ongoing concerns. The campus’ southern border is along Central Avenue, a high-crime corridor with a large number of panhandlers and transients,” the Journal reports, adding that others simply visit campus to jog or enjoy various theater performances.

h/t The College Fix

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