SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — In the last month there have been multiple acts of violence in off-campus neighborhoods.
On October 15, a video was filmed of five people beating up one person right near the intersection of Marshall Street and University Avenue. The suspects were not caught. On October 23, there were gunshots fired by a Syracuse University student on the 500 block of Euclid. And just this Tuesday morning, the Chase Bank on University Hill at the intersection of Crouse Avenue and East Adams Street. The man forcibly took cash and ran, and was chased towards Marshall Street but wasn’t caught.
These events have made some Syracuse University students, like Molly Egan, feel more uncomfortable at times in the community.
“I feel relatively safe on campus, but outside of campus I don’t feel safe,” Egan said. “I don’t feel safe to walk around by myself on campus at night either, but I feel comfortable if I’m in a group.”
Syracuse University student Roshan Fernandez doesn’t feel as unsafe as some others, but it’s still something that’s on his mind.
“I think personally I’m still okay,” Fernandez said. “But I do think I’m airing on the side of a little bit more caution now, just kind of knowing everything that’s happening.”
Syracuse University Professor Joe Denn says that when he’s on campus he feels safe, because of this organization.
“I know DPS works very hard to make sure that we’re safe here,” Denn said.
DPS has three patrols around the off-campus areas. These are the University Area Crime-control Team, the Neighborhood Safety Patrol, and the Orange Watch. UACT and NSP are in partnership with the Syracuse Police Department. The job of the patrols is to respond to student safety concerns that are off-campus. DPS has other patrols that monitor on-campus safety.
For more information on DPS visit: https://dps.syr.edu/