Aspen Heights Tightens Up Security
COLUMBIA - A string of incidents has prompted the Aspen Heights student housing complex to tighten security Saturday night to ensure safety.
The Columbia Police Department placed notices on some resident's doors after an early Saturday morning burglary. The burglary is the second incident in less than a week that occurred at the complex. On October 6, there were reports of shots fired.
Aspen Heights General Manager Tyler Yates sent an email to residents Saturday night around 7 p.m. stating that the complex decided to place the community on "lockdown" status after listening to concerns of students and parents.
Yates, the new general manager, said in the email that only Aspen Heights residents and their approved guests will be allowed on the property. Access to the property through an access code has been temporarily disabled meaning residents must use a gate clicker. Each resident will be limited to four guests per day.
Yates also states in the email that all house parties are immediately off-limits and will be met with a $600 fine. The email says that most of the problems were caused by out-of-control house parties and the fine is necessary to ensure resident's safety and security.
Aspen Heights' management will remove the "lockdown" as soon as they feel the property has returned to levels of normalcy.