Sacramento Hall side entrances will require keycard

Imran Majid

To prevent burglaries and other crimes, Sacramento Hall will require an electronic card to enter the side entrances beginning Friday.

A number of recent security problems, including the entry of unstable individuals, made occupants feel insecure, according to a press release from Sacramento State Public Affairs.

“We’ve been getting some complaints from employees in the building that it’s unsafe,” Police Chief Mark Iwasa said. “People are wandering into their offices. A lot of it has to do with the location of (Sacramento) Hall right near that bus stop there. People are coming off the bus and wandering into that building.”

Director of News Services Kim Nava said Sacramento Hall includes the Office of Public Affairs, Faculty Senate and President’s Office. The front entrance will remain open during business hours.

“These are a lot of offices that don’t deal directly with the students or a lot of other people on campus,” Nava said.

Iwasa said the police have dealt with complaints and issues for a long time and a variety of recommendations were made to secure each of the offices.

A security survey conducted last year found Sacramento Hall entrances were not well-monitored and the police implemented a four-step plan to secure the area.

The plan includes the installation of video cameras, the locking of rear doors and a new desk to address individuals who enter the building.

Iwasa said the police also placed a Community Service Specialist – similar to Community Service Officers but work full-time and are not students – to monitor the entrances.

In order to increase security in other areas of the campus, Iwasa said the campus is looking to create electronic locks in all buildings, allowing for them to be time-locked instead of requiring a key.

Iwasa said anytime an electronic key is lost it can be deactivated but losing a regular key would require the changing of locks and is “unbelievably expensive.”

“It will create a situation where eventually student OneCards can have limited access to certain buildings,” Iwasa said. “School authorities can program certain people to have access. We may have not the same problems of building access that we currently do.”