BATON ROUGE — A reported armed robbery in an LSU parking lot this week has left students on campus feeling uneasy.
“I believe it’s possible. Baton Rouge isn’t exactly the safest city, and LSU being in the heart of Baton Rouge, there’s no guarantee it’s going to be the safest campus,” LSU said. student Sarah Lawrence.
Lawrence takes night classes, which she says makes her even more cautious.
“I always have a friend on the phone while I’m walking back to my car, which I guess indicates I don’t exactly feel safe,” Lawrence said.
The reported assault made waves on campus this week, and now LSU is using it as an opportunity to remind students of their own safety app, LSU SHIELD.
“The app works, it’s a great resource on campus, and people really need to start using it,” said Parker Peltier, director of communications for LSU student government.
The application has been active since 2014 with regular updates. Students can use the app to access four different types of services, including transportation.
“You have the option of contacting LSU PD for a security escort,” Peltier said.
The app can be particularly useful if you have school activities at night, like Sarah. Once set up, the app can track your location and send it to the police in case of an emergency.
The app also lets you take a photo of a crime or incident and send it directly to the police.
“We like to say, ‘when you see something, say something.’ But when you do, really do something,” Peltier said.
The app can be downloaded for free on IOS and Android devices. For more information, Click here.