U of M Deputy Police Chief Discusses Crime Prevention Efforts

Updated: 12/18/2013 7:42 AM
Created: 12/17/2013 7:30 PM
By: Leslie Dyste

University of Minnesota Police are looking at ways to protect students after issuing another crime alert.

This comes after the U of M issued a Crime Alert Monday for an attempted robbery that happened Sunday while a student was studying inside the Carlson School of Management.

Campus police call Monday's incident a rare case since it occurred inside a campus building in broad daylight. That's raising concerns about the open access the public has to the campus.

"We may have to adjust what we're doing and create more physical barriers to being able to get into some of the buildings," Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said.

Many of the campus buildings are already card access only. However, police say they're looking into whether they should limit the hours of access.

They're also considering adding more security cameras.

Recent crimes prompted a Senate hearing on campus safety last week. Legislators said they will monitor public safety at the U of M and other campuses before deciding whether anything needs to be done.

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