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ALERT: Campus Tightening Security Due To Threatening Letter

SOCORRO, N.M. November 9, 2011 -- New Mexico Tech is tightening security and asking everyone on campus to be vigilant and observant about suspicious activity in Socorro.

Earlier this week, the Socorro Police Department received a letter threatening violence to Socorro government and school installations. The letter states that the target date is Friday, Nov. 11.

New Mexico Tech officials have been meeting with local, state and federal law enforcement officials. The FBI is in charge of the investigation, but local and state police and law enforcement from other federal agencies are all on high alert.

The writer of this threatening letter does not appear to be targeting New Mexico Tech; however, the university considers this a serious threat. Campus will remain open and classes will proceed as usual. However, everyone should be on the look out – not just on campus, but everywhere in Socorro.

Tech is encouraging – even insisting – that all employees and students be cautious and aware of their surroundings. Further, employees and students should report any suspicious activities or unattended packages to campus police immediately by calling 835-5434 or by calling 911. All members of the campus community should be vigilant without overreacting.

Campus police have increased patrols and intensified their routines. Officers are working overtime until authorities determine the potential threat is passed.

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