CWRU imposes new security measures following robbery

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Wade Commons

CLEVELAND — Additional security measures were imposed Tuesday at Case Western Reserve University just days after four students were robbed at gunpoint inside Wade Commons.

The university said a security officer would be stationed inside the building during business hours and would remain at that post until a remote camera and door-buzzer system is installed.

The security booth once located on the west side of East115th street, adjacent to Mather Park, was also expected to be reopened.

It was removed because of construction but will go back into effect just south of its original position, making it much closer to Wade Commons and other residence halls.

Case said it was working to supplement university police patrols with increased foot and Segway patrols in the North Residential Village.

It also started a review of the university’s perimeter in order to ensure access to residential space is limited to students and appropriate faculty and staff.

The robbery that prompted the changes happened just before 4:30 p.m. Saturday as four students were studying in the Redcats Room.

Three males, whom authorities believed were likely teenagers, showed a silver handgun.

Most of the stolen property was found in a nearby building off-campus.

Immediately after the robbery, 24/7 keycard access was required to enter Wade Commons.

“University officials will continue to explore additional options to increase security and educate its community regarding measures they can take to enhance their own safety and those of their peers,” Case Western Reserve University said in a news release.  “The university will provide public updates regarding these measures and others subsequently launched as developments warrant.”

At the time of this report, no arrests had been made.