EUGENE, Ore. -- A private security company could start patrolling the area around University of Oregon sororities as soon as next Tuesday, but some sororities have already been hit by crime.
Last Saturday, University of Oregon police took a report after a sorority was burglarized. House director Kathy Segale, who asked KEZI not to report the name of the sorority out of security concerns, said a man forced open a side door and stole backpacks, wallets, and more. She said after the break-in she installed an alarm.
"I thought I did everything I possibly could do to keep us safe and now I feel like we are," Segale said, "We're also getting a fence."
A spokesman for the University of Oregon said UOPD has received reports of three break-ins, one theft, and one case of criminal mischief since Dec 1.
Officials with Premier Security tell KEZI 9 News they will be patrolling the area around the Greek houses and nearby Elk Horn Brewery on foot and by bike five nights a week. The added security is being funded by UO Sororities and the co-owner of the restaurant, which has been hit by vandals in the past.
Segale said she's also seen human waste and needles left outside of the sorority and hopes the security patrols help in their fight against crime.
"My hope is safety for the girls, safety for anyone in Eugene, that is our hope," Segale said.