Leaders at the University of North Carolina say their police department and town officers will beef up foot patrols downtown four nights a week in the wake of an attempted kidnapping last weekend.
An announcement to the university community Tuesday afternoon also said the university is looking at how effective it would be to have a campus-wide video system that UNC police could monitor.
In addition, a task force that has been studying ways to make nighttime travel safer is due to turn in its report by the end of the fall semester, the announcement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt; Winston Crisp, vice chancellor for student affairs; and UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken said.
The statement said town and campus officers will be assigned in a joint effort that will “permanently increasing patrols to enhance officer presence and visibility and to monitor activity and safety in the downtown business district Thursday through Sunday nights.”
Those are what officials called the time of “peak student social activity.”
Chapel Hill police last Saturday charged Keith Robert Webster Jr., 30, of Durham with second-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with an incident on Kenan Street near West Cameron Street, about three blocks west of the campus. It happened just before 11 p.m. Friday, police said.
The university described the incident as an attempted kidnapping and said it involved a female student.
Webster is being held at the Orange County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail and has a court date scheduled for Nov. 19.