MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota is stepping up security on campus after a string of robberies and most recently an incident with a man having a gun on campus.
In a letter to students and faculty, President Eric Kaler said Tuesday the school will increase patrols on and near campus, add security cameras in high traffic and public areas and enhance building security.READ MORE: 1 Dead In Fatal Polk County Car Crash
President Kaler emphasized the U of M is a safe campus in a safe city, but more can be done to deter crime. There have been at least 15 robberies since September. Earlier this week, an adult man caused campus to go into a lockdown after he allegedly tried to take a laptop from a female student at gunpoint.READ MORE: DNR Asks Boaters To Stay Safe After Deadliest Season In 16 Years
The suspect fled the scene through the campus tunnels before police could catch him. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Minneapolis Police or University of Minnesota police.MORE NEWS: Child Tax Credit: October Payments Hitting Parents' Bank Accounts
Kaler said the plan includes short-term measures and long-term goals to keep the U of M campus safe. And if students are out and see anything suspicious, they’re urged to call 911 immediately. Students are also encouraged to walk in groups for additional safety.