Sunday, February 22, 2009
Crime rate increases on DePaul Campus
The crime on and around the DePaul Lincoln Park campus is becoming a weekly occurrence. It is getting more and more ridiculous and putting many DePaul students at risk of their safety. Just in this past week i have heard of 4 students being held robbed at gunpoint, one who happens to be a friend. Although for him, it turned out fine, was not robbed and was actually quite a good story. Upon getting on the redline late Thursday night, he was approached by 2 men who told him they had a gun and told him to give them his phone and iPod. He said "Are you serious?" "Im just a hard working guy like the both of you trying to make ends meat." After say that the criminals responded by saying, "Man, that's a good answer!" And at the next stop they got got off the train and let him be. He was one of the lucky ones who got away unharmed. I read an article and heard about a local DePaul student who was at a bar and got into a little argument with a few other kids and we asked to leave. This simple harmless argument escalated and the boy was stabbed 6 times and put in critical condition. As the crime increase here at DePaul what does public safety plan to do to make DePaul a safer place. I know that public safety only takes people to the ends of campus, but a lot of the crime is happening right on the outskirts, which is why I feel they should extend the boarders of how far they are willing to take students. You know it has become bad when they install one of those blue light police cameras on the corner on Sheffield and Fullerton. These are placed on corners to help capture crimes being committed, but usually tend to go on corners with a high crime rate. Since DePaul University is located in the city, there are bound to be crimes, just like any college campus, but how bad will the crime have to be before the University does something drastic to help the overall safety here at DePaul?