The key to unlock safety: use fobs

Savanna N. Wick

There has been much discussion within Senate and CAB about, and even a special committee devoted to, campus security, which includes key fobs and locking doors.

While I understand that dorm rooms provide homes for roughly eight months out of the year, if they stand unlocked the occupant is simply welcoming trouble.

Not everyone is honest as you wish to believe they are.

Although Chadron State tends to be considered a rural college, characters from all over the nation gather here. They weren’t necessarily raised with small-town ideals, where the Golden Rule applies to more than just kindergartners.

The bottom line: lock your door.

Randy Rhine, vice-president for enrollment management and student affairs, said at Senate that he guessed more than half of the senators left for the meeting without locking their doors.

I would hazard a guess that this is the case across campus.

Key fob banter has been thrown around in CAB and Senate meetings. People are concerned about the hassle.
Like it’s a big deal to pull your keys out of your pocket? You can usually scan your fob through your pocket. It’s not hard, people.

Also, key fobs may be a slight pain in the ass, but they enforce dorm security, which is important because dorm and campus security guards do not carry a baton, much less a gun – per Nebraska State Law.

If an out-of-control shooter, rapist, or thief appeared on our campus, security would have no real way of getting the situation under control until the police arrive.

Key fobs would prevent that criminal from entering dorms, unless someone let him or her in, which is why the policy that students may only let their own friend in is a very valid one.

Legitimate questions have been presented about accessing the tutoring center, which is located in the former Gold Room, in the breezeway of the Kent/High Rise/Andrews complex.

Each individual key fob can be formatted to open specific doors.

The breezeway doors can be made open to all students with a simple swipe of a fob, but not the doors to Kent, Andrews, and High Rise unless the student lives there.

This would mean that all students on campus would have a key fob, but that doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. A great deal of students already have one.

Certain rooms on campus could be made accessible by fobs as well.

The graphic design lab in Memorial Hall, which is stuffed with up-to-date expensive Apple computers, is left open much of the time.

There is a door at the top of the stairs leading from the lab to freedom, with a getaway car just around the corner; the perfect opportunity to snatch a Mac.

I sound like a thief for saying that; I promise I have never considered stealing one of the computers. I simply assessed the situation and feel that it would be a very reasonable situation to use fobs for access. Only students in graphic design classes and art majors could gain access to the computers and printers.

I think we should be open to change, especially if it enhances security measures.

Some things may take a second of our time, like swiping a fob, but that is minor compared to dorms left open for anyone to enter.

Take responsibility; lock your doors, and don’t let people into the dorms unless that person is your visitor. Demand your safety.

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