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UofL Police beef up security on campus perimeter

by UofL Today last modified Sep 29, 2011 05:48 PM

The UofL Police Department is beefing up patrols north of Belknap Campus in response to a series of off-campus crimes in that area.

Several UofL students have been the victims of robberies and burglaries just blocks away from campus, including two this week, said Assistant Chief Kenny Brown.

“These are our students,” Brown said. “We’re taking steps to ensure their safety.”

Those steps include increasing officers’ presence, assigning a flex team to the area, concentrating on aggressive panhandling and working more closely with the Louisville Metro Police Department on patrolling the area and responding to and investigating crimes.

Police already have made arrests in some of the crimes, Brown said. He declined to provide more detail, noting that the investigation into those crimes continues.

Brown said that the increased focus on the north end will not affect safety on and around the rest of the campus.

“Our campus itself is very safe, and we plan to keep it that way,” he said.

Brown recommended these tips to protect against burglaries and robberies:

  • Walk with a group of people, and if walking to a parking lot, do not the leave the area until everyone is safely in their vehicle.
  • Remain alert and watchful for suspicious activity.
  • Be alert for anything suspicious, especially two or more people just hanging around.
  • If you sense something wrong, leave the area immediately.
  • Keep the doors and windows of your residence locked.
  • Do not open your residence door until you feel safe. Use a peep hole or talk through the door.

These are suggestions of things to do and not do during an actual crime, and what to do after a crime occurs:

  • Observe what the suspect looks like and develop a mental picture so you can give an accurate description to the police.
  • Don't chase or follow the suspect.
  • Protect the crime scene. Leave everything as it is. Don't try to clean up or touch any possible evidence.
  • Write down a description of the suspect including sex, race, height, weight, build, eye and hair color, scars or tattoos, jewelry, approximate age and clothing. If possible, note in which direction the suspect fled. Do not chase the suspect.
  • Report any suspicious activity to the University Police at 852-6111.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety for escort services at 852-6111.
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