SPSCC security looking out for campus safety

Interested parties may inquire within the Security Office to view security’s annual crime report of campus properties and adjacent properties. The report outlines incidents as well as guidelines for what to expect from security officers and what to do in case of incidents.

Security patrols the campus looking for safety concerns and enforces the colleges rules said Security Lieutenant Douglas Swift. Issues are noted and reported to the correct department, and the Security Office should be alerted to any concerns or hazards, said the security crime report.

Every day that a building on campus is used, security officers lock and unlock the buildings at prescribed times according to usage and warrant.

“One of the most common incidents that happen is illegal parking,” said Security Officer Lewis Peer.

This happens the most in the lots in front of Building 34 and in front of Building 21 said Peer. From about 9 a.m. to about 11 a.m. is when illegal parking happens most, he said.
In the morning, George Doughly watches over the carpool parking lot to make sure people are actually carpooling.

Vehicles in reserved parking spots are checked regularly by security for their temporary red permit or blue permanent permit, said Security Officer Lewis Peer.

Peer also watches the bus drop-off zone to make sure cars are not parking there at any time because the buses need to pull up directly on the curb, he said.

Security officers can respond to incident, medical, and fire calls, as well as provide emergency first aid. They also help with motor incidents such as helping jump dead car batteries. This is something that all new security members are quickly trained in, said Program Security Arlene Cook.

Officers can also assist with keys locked in cars unless they have electric door locks and/or side impact airbags because they are costly, stated the crime report.

The costs of maintenance to a car can be high after the airbag goes off, and new electric doors often set off alarms, said Cook. Security officers are not always trained in this, and do not always help due to the potential cost of damage, said Cook.

Security also provides low-key services such as lost and found in the Security Office in Building 24.

Officers can help individuals to their vehicles or specific buildings when needed.

Patrols also closely watches small acts that are against school policy, said Swift. These include skateboarding on campus and smoking anywhere on campus besides inside the person’s vehicle, said Peer.

Recently in which someone was posting flyers on cars in the parking lot. The culprit was gone before security was told of the situation, and he was not caught in the act, but this act is against school policy said Swift.

Security can also help with traffic control on campus if a situation calls for it, such as blocking of a road, and can report accidents to their office, said Cook.

Security also advised calling 911 or alerting security to report a crime.

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