UH students discuss security concerns

February 11, 2009 8:51:00 PM PST
A murder on the University of Houston campus has shaken students. A homeless man was shot to death over the weekend while sleeping at a bus stop near Hofheinz Pavilion. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The murder has some of the student body questioning whether the police on staff are enough to provide safety for the students on campus.

"It's pretty scary, I guess, especially when you have to be at school late," said student Dealla Saab.

Police said Joe Tall, 47, was sleeping on a bench at a bus stop Saturday morning when he was shot once in the head and killed.

The Student Government Associate said campus security could use some tweaking.

"The short-term initiative is stepping up visibility of our campus police," said Sam Dike, president of the SGA.

Less than 50 police officers and 24 security officers are responsible for more than 60,000 people on a campus that sprawls almost 600 acres.

Another goal is to increase the security escorts for late-night students walking to vehicles.

"Security is not at the level that it should be, so if they can police more, why not," said student Sophia Garbutt.

In the meantime, students still studying after dark are beefing up their own personal security measures.

"I make sure I always have my keys in my hand and I have pepper spray," said Saab.

The Student Government Association plans to address the security issues with the UH administration.

As for the investigation into Joe Tall's murder, police still have no motive or suspects.

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