Keeping students safe at the University of Rochester

Posted at: 01/21/2013 11:03 PM
Updated at: 01/21/2013 11:16 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri

News of the armed robbery over the weekend at the University of Rochester has people asking questions, is the campus really safe? What are police doing about it? What is the university doing to try to prevent this in the future?

Some of the students say it is an isolated incident, but others are shaken up and want to know campus is safe.

Sara Miller, U of R spokeswoman, said, “This is the first robbery on campus in more than a year.”

But Sunday night, police say two men went in an unlocked door of an on-campus apartment, armed with a handgun and took two laptops and two cell phones from the students inside.

News10NBC came out to the apartments to see how neighbors are feeling after this. Some said off camera they are a little on edge.

News10NBC's Amanda Ciavarri said, “When people hear this, they might be a little shaken up. What is your message to students who live in that apartment complex or near by?”

Miller said, “The university is going to add some extra patrols, security patrols over in that area, which is south of the medical center and they are going to do that in the near future just to let the residents know that they are there, and aware and keeping an eye on things.”

Miller says those patrols will be added Monday night.

Ciavarri said, “What people are wondering what now is, is campus safe and what is the university doing to keep it safe?”

Miller said, “The event doesn't correlate to any trends we see. Education about personal safety habits and keeping your belongings secure is a year round effort for the university.”

News10NBC also looked into how the school notified students about the robbery. Students said they received a letter Monday afternoon telling them about it. The information was also posted on the university's website.