RECENTLY, UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO STUDENTS STAYING AT THE UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, which is not a part of the university, by the way, had their apartments broken into while they were having massive, three hundred persons-strong house parties. The perpetrators has stolen Xbox consoles, money, and social security cards. In addition to that, one student reported to the UB Spectrum newspaper that last year one of his friends was held up at gunpoint by two teenagers in the neighborhood.
First of all, I don’t think it makes any sense for students who are only staying at the university for a short period of time to seek protection from the community that they don’t know/or want to know anything about. Secondly, I don’t believe that students that are privileged to go to school and afford their parents to co-sign their leases should have more protection than the long-term residents of that particular community—-simply because they want to have overcrowded, probably underaged, and illegal drug-infested house parties.
When students complained about the incidents to the university police—nothing got done. Organically, one student took to Facebook to voice her frustrations, while others requested that the university police should patrol their neighborhoods, twenty-four seven. In other words, the university police officers should patrol the community as they have they’re overcrowded, probably underaged, and illegal drug-infested house parties. Does that make sense? Moreover, to do something of that magnitude would require the delicate collaboration of the university police and the city police—whom, by the way, are “severely understaffed.” Neither side has the budget, manpower, or even time to carry out such a trivial operation.
Eventually, the university police simply replied by stating that they were aware of the matter but reassured the students that—compared to other serious crimes happening in the city—the university was a “very safe environment.” Naturally, I can see how such incidents can make students or anyone else feel unsafe. However, we must keep in mind that these “crimes” are isolated contingencies. And in fact, it seems to me that these “crimes” only happen when students are having they’re overcrowded, probably underaged, and illegal drug-infested house parties.
Now then, instead of complaining I think the best approach would be to create something that would enable students to engage with the community—to really be curious to why residents are breaking into apartments for minor items. Maybe students might discover that resident are breaking into their apartments because they’ve been long-term residents of a community that has pushed them to the wayside—just to make room for temporary college students who seems to not offer anything good for the community but house parties. Also, and like the article suggested, students need to push for their landlords to do more about break-ins than both the university and city police—that are understaffed and have other serious and important matters to attend to.