Less than a month after Temple Update aired a report about the lack of security at Barton Hall, the University has taken steps to improve security at the Main Campus building.
All but one of Barton’s entrances are now locked from the outside. The only remaining open doors are at the main entrance off Liacouras Walk, and a security guard has been posted inside that entrance to check ID’s. Stickers advise students and other visitors to use the main entrance.
In her February 27th story, Temple Update’s Stephanie Fanelli reported there were no security precautions in place at any of Barton’s entrances, despite the University’s move to tighten security in the wake of last fall’s attack on a professor inside his Anderson Hall office.
Director of Public Safety Charles Leone told Fanelli at the time that security at Barton was provided by roving security guards, bike cops and exterior patrols, and noted that Barton had a low crime rate. But he did admit that Barton needed some security improvements. Leone was unavailable to comment on the recent security changes, which apparently went into effect this week.