KCPD chief, students share advice to be safe in the dark

 Photo Illustration by Laura Hernandez / THEFLARE KCPD Chief Cariker advises students to move in pairs at night.
Photo Illustration by Laura Hernandez / THEFLARE
KCPD Chief Cariker advises students to move in pairs at night.

Night classes can make some people feel uneasy since they usually involve walking in a dark parking lot when the class is over.
Kitty Mitcham, Kilgore sophomore, explains what precautions she takes.
“I take night classes at the Longview campus, so being over there makes me a little cautious,” Mitcham said.
She said she makes sure to park close to the building because it helps her to avoid walking across the street or a long distance by herself.
“I always make sure I have my keys and phone in my hand so I won’t be delayed when I get to my car,” Mitcham said.
Heath Cariker, KC chief of police and director of public safety, also has a few tips to ensure safety of night class students.
“When walking in and out of the building, stay in a lighted area if possible, and try to stay in a group of two or more,” Cariker said.
He also advised when going to your car to leave campus, look at your vehicle and if there is a suspicious person by your car waiting in the parking lot, go back inside and wait until they are gone, or call the KC police.
Cariker said to look at your car and make sure it is not damaged and has no one inside. As soon as you’re in your car, lock the doors.
“It doesn’t hurt to call someone either and let them know your leaving campus,” said Cariker.
The KC police are on the Kilgore campus 24/7 and check the campus through the night to make sure it is safe.
However, the Longview campus’ police leave about an hour and a half after the building is empty.
“It is real important to put the number into your cell phones,” Cariker said about the KC police phone number.
He explains that if something is to happen, it would help to have the number in your cell phone instead of having to rummage around for it in a hostile situation.
The number to save and for more information is 903-983-8650 for the Kilgore campus and 903-236-2011 for the Longview campus.