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ID Cards Smart; Open Campus Unsafe

ID Cards Smart; Open Campus Unsafe

The recent column by Anders Hove G ["Through A Locked Door Ambivalently," April 28] is a testament to the lackadaisical attitude toward student safety prevalent at MIT. What will it take for the administration to realize the practice of leaving the campus open to the community is an invitation for criminal activity? This campus is not an isolated microcosm and is surrounded by an urban setting. The police log in the very same issue of The Tech in which Hove's article appeared listed over a dozen larcenies, multiple arrests for trespassing, reports of suspicious activity, one arrest for assault and battery on a police officer, as well as an attempted breaking and entering. It is shocking that it will take an unfortunate student to become the victim of a horrific crime such as rape or murder within an open building to realize the degree to which our security is compromised by an open campus.

As a denizen of Building 18, I know of previous endeavors by students to have the building secured. I welcome the card readers and any increased security measures MIT is taking to guarantee my safety. I would like to see the campus use one standardized system and incorporate identification card readers in more places to allow access instead of installing numeric combination locks giving me more combinations to remember. It would eliminate my need to carry keys, magnetic key cards, an athletic card, and several numeric combinations in addition to my identification card to move about the campus after hours and would add a semblance of technological convenience to my life.

Scott T. Trzaska

Visiting Scientist