UNM to install more safety lighting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Students at UNM have voiced their concerns about safety on campus, and now more lighting will be installed to help keep them safe at night.

The legislature has given $160,000 to make several campus improvements.

Most of that money will be used to put up more LED lights. Student leaders say the top priority areas right now are the southwest side of the duck pond, near the Yale parking garage on the west side, and between Ortega Hall and the art building.

The places were chosen by UNM staff and students last fall during an annual walk across campus to spot areas that could be safety risks at night.

LED lights were already set up in some areas last spring and winter. Now, the final phase of installations will begin. The exact number of lights has yet to be determined.

Students and student leaders hope this will help them feel safer.

“I avoid the duck pond. I know that it’s a place that’s not really well lit,” said UNM senior Aloyson Chaires.

Last year, police say two men grabbed and groped a student who was running near Johnson field. A few days later, a man groped another woman near Castetter Hall, not far from Yale and Central. Police never said if they arrested anyone in these cases.

ASUNM President Isaac Romero said, “A lot of students say they walk their dogs, walk to classes. They don’t want to walk back to residence halls, and they don’t want to feel unsafe.”

The money from this project will also go toward re-doing the asphalt on the basketball court off Lomas and Girard, and expand it to make two half-sized courts. There is also a plan to get more than 20 extra recycle bins around campus.

All of these projects are expected to start in June, and should be done by August.

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