Aspen Heights Increasing Security In Response to Armed Robbery
COLUMBIA - Aspen Heights is heightening security again in response to an armed robbery Tuesday evening.
William Ramsey, the regional manager for the student housing complex, emailed residents Thursday to inform them of the new security measures which include:
- "Extended coverage of our Courtesy Officer patrol
- Extened double-coverage of the Courtesy Officers
- Increased coverage of our 2 on-site Columbia Police Department officers monitoring the property."
Ramsey would not comment on the email or the security measures.
The armed robbery is the most recent incident at the student housing complex following a rape in November, multiple buglaries, a shots fired incident, and another armed robbery back in August.
At least one resident said he thinks there's only so much the complex can do, but that security needs to improve.
"If someone wants to commit a crime, they're going to go to at lengths to do it, but there's obviously precautionary measures that they can take so these things don't keep happening once a month," said Christopher Novak.
Novak said he and his roommates have tried to take security into their own hands.
"We always double lock our door after a certain point at night. It's always natural after things like this happen to feel a little more gaurded as things go on, and you always have to be on the look for things as they happen," Novak said.
In the email to resident, Aspen Heights said in the long term, it plans to team up with the University of Missouri, "relevant authorities", and other student housing complexes to "reduce the impact of crime on the student population."