Columbia Apartment Complex May Increase Security

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COLUMBIA - Security measures at the Brookside Downtown apartment complex may be getting tougher after a sexual assault on Locust Street Saturday morning.

A Brookside Downtown resident said after the sexual assault, Brookside told them in a phone call that more cameras would be added to the complexes.

KOMU 8 News tried to reach out to Brookside Downtown employees, but they refused to confirm if they will add cameras or comment on the issue.

According to the Columbia Police Department, a woman said a man entered her apartment around 5:00 am Saturday morning and assaulted her in bed. The woman said her apartment door was unlocked. She said the man threatened her with a knife and then fled.

While the apartment complex may add more cameras, one resident said he thinks more measures should be taken to protect residents.

"I don't think cameras would do too much for us because at that point you still don't know who's coming in and out of the building," said Brookside Downtown resident Jordan Gingrich. "I know some of the Brookside apartments, they have gates, and having a gate would at least deter people that aren't from here to move on and keep people that don't belong here out."

The Columbia Police Department still has no suspects.