With KSU classes beginning, a law enforcement official stressed safety measures related to the area’s suddenly increased population Monday.
“It’s the time of year we all kind of dread, but we’ll get used to it,” RCPD Capt. Tim Hegarty told county commissioners. He said student issues include learning how to navigate the roundabout on Bluemont Avenue and theft of their property.
Hegarty said the most important thing for students to do in order to avoid having items stolen is lock their cars along with taking stuff out. He said 60 to 80 percent of vehicle burglaries involve unlocked cars.
Hegarty said residential burglaries happen during the day. He also urged people to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
“If people see things being moved out as opposed to moved in during this time of year, please call us immediately,” he said.
Hegarty also advised drivers to consider having alternate routes for game day besides using K-18, which is currently one lane due to construction work.
“Game day traffic is going to be somewhat of a nightmare, particularly on K-18,” Hegarty said. He said the inevitable accident on the highway would shut it down.
Pat Collins, county emergency management director, said there have been multiple complaints about the smoke from burning of trees at K-18 near Davis Dr. He said the department asked those who were burning to cease, and would give workers alternatives.
Collins also discussed home and rental safety at the press conference. He said things such as sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, a carbon monoxide detector, fire escape plan and deadbolts are important features to have in a residence.
Commissioner Karen McCulloh said anyone living in an unsafe environment should seek help getting out of the situation. “If you don’t feel you’re safe, go get some legal help from K-State or the Army or whomever you can,” she said.
Kansas 150 Series
The Riley County Historical Society and Museum will present the fourth lecture in its Kansas 150 Look Back Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Ave.
Michael Halleran will discuss his book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War.” He will explore the role of free masonry in this period using first-hand documents from both sides of the war.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cheryl Collins at 565-6490.
The state agriculture department and historical society are looking for family farms that have been around 150 years or more and buildings built before statehood, respectively.