Every now and then (a little more frequent than I feel really comfortable with) I get an email from some guy name Eugene R Ferrara, and in this email he talks the details of a robbery/police dealing that occurred near the University of Cincinnati campus.
UC is not in the greatest of neighborhoods… but I really believe that something (I don’t know what, but something) could be done to make this area more suitable a credible University. Maybe the University should buy out the houses surrounding the campus area so only students are able to take residence there. Maybe they need to install cameras in the neighborhoods surrounding campus. Something should change.
Maybe you have an idea? I have decided to start ‘forwarding’ these email to my blog for all you to read. I would think there is plenty of pressure to ‘clean up’ the surrounding area of the University of Cincinnati campus… but maybe I can somehow add a little pressure by posting here.
Sept. 4, 2008 To: UC Community From: Eugene R. Ferrara Director of Public Safety/Police Chief The University Police have received information from the Cincinnati Police that there was a robbery that occurred at approximately 3:00 AM on Sunday, August 31st. This crime happened in the rear of the building at 20 W. Daniels St. This location is one block east of the Uptown campus between Jefferson Ave. and Short Vine St. The victim was approached by two suspects carrying handguns who took money from him. The victim was struck in the face by one of the suspects during this offense. Both suspects were wearing masks, and the victim is not able to provide any description useful in identifying the suspects, nor did he see the direction and method of travel for the suspects as they fled the scene. There has been an increased activity in street robberies in the neighborhoods around the Uptown campus, and the Cincinnati Police are implementing additional police resources in an attempt to catch the criminals. The University Police are also increasing their presence in these neighborhoods. These crimes are following a pattern regarding times and methods. They are occurring between the hours of 10:30 PM and 3:30 AM, with multiple suspects, most often armed with handguns. If you must be on the streets during these times please remain aware of your surroundings and other persons who may be present on the street. Stay in well lit areas and travel in groups whenever possible. If well-populated areas are available, go to such locations if you feel you are being followed. Notify the police of any suspicious activities. The University Police disseminate information about crimes on and near campus to allow members of the UC community to be alert to times and places of such crimes and avoid possible repetition of the crimes. You are also encouraged to provide any information you may have regarding crimes by calling the Cincinnati Police at 352-3587 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040. Eugene R. Ferrara Associate Vice President for Administration and Finance Division Director of Public Safety/Police Chief University of Cincinnati Tel. (513) 556-4951 Fax (513) 556-4940