This was in mLive yesterday: “EMU student struck by bullet questions why apartment security didn’t show up after she hit panic button.” A few quotes:
The 20-year-old Eastern Michigan University student hit by a bullet in her off-campus Peninsular Place apartment Tuesday morning, is frustrated that the on-site security company did not show up after she pressed the panic button in her bedroom.
Each apartment is outfitted with panic buttons– one in each room and one in the main living room area– in the case of an emergency.
[Shooting victim Destinee] Leapheart said she pressed the panic button after she realized she was shot and was shocked when the security didn’t immediately investigate the emergency.
“If it wasn’t for the guy above me and Tammy (her roommate) no one would have came,” Leapheart said, adding that her roommate and a neighbor called 911 after no one from the security company arrived.
According to Leapheart, the management informed her they received the alert, but didn’t send the security guard directly to her apartment because Ypsilanti police officers were already on the way.
“So we just had a security guard not doing anything,” she said.
Management said the guard “directed the police officers” to her apartment, Leapheart said, but she said she never saw the guard.
Gina Cowart, vice president of investor relations and corporate marketing for complex owner American Campus Communities, confirmed the security company did receive the call.
“Signal 88 , the security company, received the call about the panic button,” Cowart said. “At that time, the police were arriving on site and (were) directed by security to her apartment.”
First off, a panic button?!?!? WTF?!?! I’ve lived in a house my wife and I (well, and the bank) own for a long time now, so perhaps I’m a a little out of touch with standard features in apartments nowadays, but since when do apartments have (or need!) panic buttons? And second, that clearly clearly should be a flashing red light to anyone thinking about renting there and/or anyone who thinks that there’s nothing wrong with Pen Place other than some bad luck.
By the way, the article also recaps the deaths and major crime that have occurred in Pen Place in the last year here, which I’ll share here since I know it was a point of discussion in the comments:
On Dec. 11, 2012, Julia Niswender, a 23-year-old EMU student, was found dead in her bathtub in her Peninsular Place apartment. Her death was ruled a homicide, with police stating she was asphyxiated prior to being placed in the bathtub and was found in an unnatural position.
In late March, John Lawrence, a 46-year-old Detroit man, was killed while in a dispute with his daughter’s roommates. Police said Lawrence died from the struggle’s exertion combined with medical issues.
In October, an EMU student was assaulted by a group of five or six men in the parking lot of Peninsular Place. The men got out of a van and beat the man after he exchanged words with the group.