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More cops and new apps to keep UC students safe

CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- It was a scary moment for a UC student when he woke up to find a man in his apartment pointing a gun at him.

The robbery once again raised the question: How safe are students at UC and what's being done to protect them this school year?

Classes for many students start Monday, August 25th, 2014.  In the week before classes start a majority of students were getting settled into on and off campus housing.  With the recently armed robbery of a student, UC police wanted to make sure students and their parents know safety is the top priority at UC.

Once again, the incoming freshman class set an enrollment record.  To would-be criminals, that meant more targets.  But UC police said that was not what they were seeing.

Interim UC Police Chief, Jeff Corcoran, said, "We're actually seeing decrease in actual offenses.  Part of the goal is to drive that to zero. One of things we do is offer transportation options to the students."

That transportation comes in the form of the Night Ride program which has expanded with more busses and longer hours.

Second year student, Katie Bretland, said she has never felt threatened, "I haven't ever had a problem.  Last year I didn't have a problem. There's always people walking around.  I feel like it's safe."

While police increased their presence on campus with the addition of 20 new officers an apartment complex off campus has upped security after the recent armed robbery of a student.  New locks and lights were installed.

Victims Patrick Wagner and Kameron Singh said some good has come from their robbery.

"I like it's upping everyone's safety and spreading awareness in the community is a good outcome," said Kameron Singh.

On or off campus, UC police will work to keep students safe through the Live Safe smartphone app.  The Live Safe app is free and a person can download it through iTunes and Google Play.

On campus, in addition to the 20 new officers, hired student employees walk the campus watching out for problems and have radios that let them communicate directly with police dispatch.

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