Regents met with students Friday, in a semi-annual meeting that included campus safety discussions. KARE
MINNEAPOLIS – Since the start of the school year there have been at least 35 violent crimes, which include robberies, aggravated assaults and rapes, according to Minneapolis Police Department crime reports in and around the University of Minnesota.
"Recently, unacceptably and unfortunately, we've been faced with criminals, thugs," said U of M President Eric Kaler.
The University of Minnesota Regents met with students Friday, part of a semi-annual meeting and this time it happens to fall while criminal behavior on campus is on the rise.
This fall semester, between September and November, students say there have been 25 robberies.
"Most of these, 22 of them, have occurred off of campus, three on university property and half of the victims were students," explained student Meghan Mason.
The five-year average for incidents is 18 during the same time period.
The crimes might seem extraordinarily high due to the fact that last year there were only 10 such incidents.
"It doesn't matter what the robbery totals are, what the crime report totals are, whether it was a student or a non-student victim, whether the crime occurred on or off campus," explained Mason. "If students don't feel safe here then that's the reality and we need to ensure their wellbeing."
Kaler said campus police are working overtime. Minneapolis police have added officers and the Hennepin County Sheriff's department has added deputies. Each is working in a concerted effort to curb crime on campus.
Additionally, there's talk of adding more cameras, more lights and informing students more about crime prevention.