When crime increased, so did the price to stay safe. In previous semesters LSU Police Department has charged each sorority $30 an hour to patrol the greek parking lot.
Since crime picked up, LSU PD now charges each sorority $70 an hour to patrol outside of Greek Row, estimating to about $85,000 a semester.
Students in Greek Life are not happy about this new implication and are concerned for their safety; especially in the Greek parking lot, which is not well lit and rarely has police presence at night.
LSU PD only patrols the greek lot three days out of the week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
Members of Greek Life have met and are discussing different options and ways to increase safety on the row.
PHC Delegate Emily Bracoto says she is concerned something will happen, and no one will be there to help.
“I would say that they just sit at the back of the UREC parking lot with their windows rolled up, and that concerns a lot of sorority girls,” Bracoto said. “Specifically because if there were a cry for help, a scream or anything, I know they wouldn’t be able to hear that.”
With crime picking up, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and listen to your gut instinct because LSU PD is not always going to be there.
LSU PD declined our request for an interview and has yet to make a statement regarding the matter. This is a developing story.