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Community concerns over security near Arkansas Baptist College
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LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - Some residents living near Arkansas Baptist College said campus leaders are not doing enough to stop students from causing trouble in the neighborhood.

"Although these concerns have been raised at several community meetings, the problems continue to persist," said Sheila Miles, President of the Wright Avenue Neighborhood Association.

Folks spoke out at another community on campus meeting Tuesday night. Concerns centered on student loitering in the streets off campus and making loud noise late at night.

College President Fitz Hill said plans are in the works to improve security with more police patrols near school and extra campus monitors to watch the loitering, but Hill admits there's more work to be done.

"We haven't been able to do all the things we've wanted to do, but now with our new leadership team, we want to be more effective in addressing the concerns of our community," Hill said.

Hill said he brought in a new leadership team at the start of this school year.

He said going forward, the college plans to hold focus groups with neighbors and collaborate on more ways to end residents concerns.

You may recall an Arkansas Baptist football player was shot to death near campus in late September.

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