SET building vandalism reveals flaws in security

By Staff Writer
November 12, 2004

Without a doubt the IQ of the individual(s) who recently vandalized the new Science, Education and Technology building, can easily be figured out by using the palm of your hand. Any form of destruction is down right stupid but to do it in the resulting amount of $12,000 is just criminal. What reason could be given for this action of moronic behavior?

The damage included the smearing of a tar-like substance and gallons of paint on walls, cabinets and floors, and the breaking of numerous glass ventilation hoods. As of this writing, the culprit(s) could possibly be anyone. Whether it was an alcohol-influenced night or a disgruntled employee, the vandalism was a senseless act of inanity. Whatever may have been the motivation for the recent SET destruction, the Cabrini community can agree that these individuals must be reprimanded for their actions.

What the college and public safety specifically need to take from this serious act of public damage, is the awareness that any school building has the potential to be harmed. Until the college apprehends the offender(s) and punishes them fairly, Cabrini must reevaluate how public safety routinely monitors each area. Are there areas of weakness that need addressing?

The question remains how could so much damage occur to the SET building without anyone noticing? At this given time, the technical ownership of the building belongs to the construction company. This means that public safety has not been issued swipe cards allowing access to SET.

It is now obvious that public officers are now circling the SET building more frequently but where were they beforehand? The routines of the officers especially those that work at night have to be carefully examined.

In no way is the Loquitur blaming public safety for what was the result of some individual’s lack of a brain, but we question the efforts put into making the rounds of Cabrini’s campus. Could there be some way of increasing the surveillance of the college’s buildings?

Public safety has to establish a better system of overseeing the campus. Whether it be a lack of safety officers or the failure to report to each part of Cabrini, both of these issues must be addressed. For times of high student activity among the campus, public safety should arrange more driving rounds.

There have been complaints by students that public safety chooses their battles for certain student problems. If this is the case how can Cabrini expect any appropriate action to be taken by its officers? By allowing for error to occur over the handling of the smaller issues on campus, how can we rely on the supervising over the bigger problems?

The important thing to remember is that someone with a lot of time on their hands was foolish enough to act in such an abrasive manner. Even though it is clear the blame lies solely on the individual(s) at hand, this should not mean we should stop questioning how public safety is handling security on Cabrini’s campus.

At no point can the college allow the inmates to run the asylum. Unfortunately, these random acts are hurtful to the Cabrini community and its image. Because of these reasons, the matter should be handled quickly and efficiently. The campus most specifically public safety needs to be more aggressive and conceive of ideas that could prevent future problems.

The bottom line is this recent event of criminal activity has proven the growing need to protect Cabrini’s property. Those accountable for these actions must take responsibility for their behavior and accept the inevitable, punishment. The Loquitur strongly recommends anyone with information to come forward and supply it to public safety.

As stated in the email sent out by President Iadarola, “If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Charles Schaffner, director of public safety, at 610-902-8251.

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