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Campus-wide safety systems available for walkers and runners

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Mollie Tibbetts' murder brought to light the issue of how to be safe, especially when running or walking alone. Texas Tech begins classes Monday.

Katie Quiroz, a junior at Tech, walks to work at 4:30 every morning.

"It's kind of eerie walking in the morning, but I'm kind of used to it, but I know there's danger," she said.

Quiroz walks when it's dark out and not many people are around, so she makes sure to be aware of her surroundings.

"I don't put ear buds in just because I'm really cautious, I look behind me," she added. "Especially crossing the bridge I feel like a lot of people I'm always kind of freaked out that someone will be waiting there."

Detective Brandon Price, with Lubbock Police said that is his number one tip for walkers and runners.

"It's really a bad idea, you can't hear cars, any kind of safety equipment, horn, you can't hear a vehicle that's driving up behind you," Price said.

Lieutenant Amy Ivey at Tech Police says to use the blue light system. All you have to do is press this button which activates the blue light and dispatches an officer within 90 seconds.

"They are placed in a manner where if a student pushes the blue light they can keep walking and eventually come in contact with another blue phone and we'll keep sending officers to each one," Ivey explained.

Price said it's important to not get into a routine, so it's harder for someone to track habits. Ivey stresses the buddy system.

"My best friend, she's actually had a guy follow her home and stuff like that and this is pretty recent, so actually hearing about that I have been kind of more cautious," Quiroz said. 

Law Enforcement says carry a phone on you at all times. Texas Tech Police operates 24/7. If you ever feel like you're in danger, call 911.

You can also call Tech's taxi system, Safe Rides at 742-RIDE (7433) and the Citibus night shuttle at 742-NITE (6483).

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