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MINNEAPOLIS - University of Minnesota is stepping up security on the Twin Cities campus this year.

Students may notice additional police, stricter access to buildings and more discussions about safety. With the Green Line light rail now stopping at the university and increased traffic from the Minnesota Vikings games at TCF Bank Stadium, university officials expect more outsiders will be on campus.

"We think we have a better-informed, wiser community as compared to a year ago," Pam Wheelock, vice president for university services, told Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News.

Last fall, a spike in crime rattled the campus community, which includes about 7,000 students who live on campus and thousands more in surrounding neighborhoods. The area suffered 26 robberies, including four on campus — a 50 percent increase over the fall average of 17.

With student apprehension up over last year, "the vibe has changed," said Minnesota Student Association President Joelle Stangler.

MPR News says the university will spend $4 million to improve security. A spike in crime in and around campus last fall had students and others concerned. There were 26 robberies in the area - a 50 percent increase over the previous year.

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