Ford gives vans to OSU
FORD GIVES NEW VANS TO OHIO STATE'S CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAM COLUMBUS -- To assist crime prevention efforts in The Ohio State University area, Ford Motor Co. in cooperation with Krieger Ford Inc. of Columbus provided two new vans to Ohio State's Crime Watch Escort Service this summer. The Ford Aerostar minivans are used for safe late-night transportation of university students, staff and faculty by the Crime Watch Escort Service, explained James P. Kane Jr., director of Student Organization Services. The new vans replaced two vans which were provided by Krieger Ford in 1991. "The vans have had a significant impact on the Crime Watch Service, enabling the service to expand the number of escorts provided for the Ohio State community. Ford and Krieger Ford are to be commended for their continuing support of safety efforts at Ohio State," said Kane. "We are pleased to be associated with such an important program at Ohio State University, and both Ford Motor Co. and Krieger Ford hope for its great success," said Doug Krieger, president of Krieger Ford Inc. The Crime Watch Escort Service began operation in 1986 as a non-intervention crime prevention service through the Undergraduate Student Government, providing walking escorts to on-campus locations, as well as patrolling campus and reporting suspicious activities to authorities. The service is advised by the Office of Student Organizational Services, and all escorts receive training from the University Police. In 1990-91, Ford Motor Co. donated the use of two vans for the service. The addition of mobile units made it possible to expand the program to off-campus locations where thousands of Ohio State students live. The number of escorts has increased dramatically since then, from 17,652 during the 1990-91 school year to an estimated 36,000 for 1992-93, of which 85 percent are by van. While only 30 to 40 escorts can be performed per night on foot alone, more than 100 can be provided with the use of the vans. Operating seven days a week, the free service has expanded its hours over the years to meet increased demand. It is available from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the academic quarters. Well-known by students across the campus, the vans have become a familiar symbol of community safety. "The Crime Watch Escort Service is doing a great job of addressing the problems of crime through prevention. We are proud to be a partner in a program that will enhance the educational experience for so many students by providing a safe learning environment," said Robert L. Rewey, vice president of Marketing and Sales Operations for Ford Motor Co. # Contact: Jim Kane, 292-8763. [Submitted by: STERRETT (email@example.com) Fri, 27 Aug 93 08:40:02 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.