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Crime Near Campus Sparks Safety Town Hall
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- UC's interim Police Chief holds a campus safety forum for students Monday night.
The Chief says despite the perception of violent crime on and around campus, the numbers have been dropping over the past few years. He says most of the crimes that happen on and off campus are property crimes and not violent crimes.
For students who go to UC, safety is a priority.
"The way that I stay safe the most is by making sure that I'm always walking with another person, I'm staying attentive, especially at night."
The college's interim Chief says despite some negative perceptions about the area around campus, robberies have been going down over the past few years. Jeff Corcoran says robberies off campus have gone down for the sixth year.
"Obviously the street crime, the violent crime is probably the primary issue that most of them are concerned about."
"I've felt pretty safe on and off campus for the most part. The only this is with the emails being sent out, it makes it seem that there's a lot more going on at UC than there actually is."
Corcoran says the main problem now is daytime burglaries off campus because criminals know that students have expensive items in their apartments. Also, sometimes students are careless about locking their doors and windows before leaving their homes.
The university has invested in more than 90 new street lights and also surveillance cameras, all in an effort to keep the numbers going down.
"I do really want to emphasize though it's not that we're discounting this because of the reduction. Obviously if you're the victim of a crime you don't really care how many there were. The fact that you were the victim is bad. So we're continuing to work to drop that number even lower."
The university also extended its shuttle hours so that students don't have to walk around at night. And police officers have been driving around campus with their lights on constantly for high visibility.
UC's interim Chief also says the university is working on developing apps for cell phones. Those apps would put students in immediate contact with campus police or the shuttle service.