University of Minnesota students are gathering Friday night for a safety walk in response to the rise in off-campus violent crime.
11 crime alerts have been issued by University of Minnesota police since the start of the semester, with many of the alerts covering multiple incidents of violent crime against students. The university has stepped up security in the areas, and U of M police have been logging overtime patrolling the area.
Students and community members will meet in Van Cleve Park (901 15th Ave. SE) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
U of M student Sara Gottlieb started an online petition to put more police officers on patrol and to proactively address safety concerns near campus.
"It seems like every single time we open our email, we have a crime alert," Gottlieb said. "We're having to take a lot more extreme measures in order to get from place to place at night. Even walking a couple of blocks doesn't seem safe."