University staff fear for safety

Staff at the University of Crete have called for improved safety measures after an increase in criminal activity on the campus, which is off-limits to police. The latest incident was early yesterday when thieves broke into the office containing keys to all of the university’s premises. The assailants then entered about 20 offices belonging to professors and stole five laptop computers and two overhead projectors. In February, the heads of the University of Crete took the unprecedented step of allowing the police unfettered access to the campus in Iraklion throughout August to help reduce drug-related crimes on the grounds. It was the first time that a rectors’ council had made the decision to lift the so-called «university asylum» for such a length of time. Current legislation prevents the police from entering university grounds unless they have express permission. Rectors have called for an increase in funding to allow for more private security guards on campus.