Security in Center lot heightened over break

Jackson French

WKU’s parking lots have been under heightened security since three cars in the Center for Research and Development parking lot, located on Nashville Road, were keyed last semester. 

The incidents were reported around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec 9. 

Reports say the damage done to each car is estimated at a value of $2,500 apiece and no one has been arrested.

Dominic Ossello, public informations officer for WKU Police Department, said an investigation was undertaken once the crime was reported. 

“It looked like it occurred over the time frame of a weekend,” he said.

Sergeant Brandon T. Humphries of WKU police said the incidents have sparked increased vigilance and extra patrols in the area.

The incidents, Humphries said, have led to a “greater focus” on patrolling the area.

He said BGPD has been uninvolved in the patrols because the Center is WKU’s property, adding that the Explorers, the campus escort service, have also not been keeping watch over the area. 

“The student workers aren’t out there,” he said. “They don’t go to that area.”

Humphries said the Explorers are still patrolling parking lots and structures on campus. 

“If it’s on campus, we’ll let the Explorers also be seen in the area more,” he said. “They’re not police officers, but it’s an extra set of eyes and ears that work for the police department.”

He said there are currently no promising leads in the investigation and no reason to suspect this incident is connected with the keying of three cars on the sixth floor of Parking Structure 1 in November.