New lighting installed at UNM to improve student safety

Created: 12/17/2013 8:40 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The University of New Mexico hopes to make students feel a little safer with a new feature: More lights installed throughout the main campus.

The Associated Students of the University of New Mexico noticed how dark it was near Zimmerman Library and wanted to do something about it. They got $225,000 from the state's legislature to either upgrade or get brand new lights across the campus.

Earlier this year, there were a couple of groping incidents on campus involving students walking to and from their class. In response, UNM police held safety walks, in which groups of students and staff would walk around the school and point out any problems they noticed.

UNM police also released a new website last month that makes reporting crimes easier and allows students to submit tips anonymously. On the website, students can also see daily crime and fire reports.

Police started the site so they could send more information out to students and also to get more feedback.

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