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Safety walk takes on University of Minnesota's violent crime problem

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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.


UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CRIME ALERTS

Nov. 30: Bus stop robbery, assault outside University Village

Nov. 27: Student pepper-sprayed in attempted kidnapping

Nov. 24: Student sexually assaulted by man impersonating police officer

Nov. 23: Student robbed by 3 men while walking home

Nov. 20: U of M student robbed at gunpoint on porch

Nov. 11: Attempted armed robbery of student at Anderson Hall

Oct. 31-Nov. 1: String of armed robberies and assaults

Oct. 27: U of M student sexually assaulted near Van Cleve Park

Oct. 13: U of M students victims of 4 separate robberies

Oct. 5: Robbery and assault at 11th Ave. SE and 7th Street SE

September: String of armed robberies in Marcy-Holmes


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."

Read more: Safety concerns prompt University of Minnesota student petition

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