DPSS issues warning in light of recent armed robberies

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 1:21pm

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The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security released a notice on their website and Twitter outlining behaviors that could decrease the series of armed robberies around campus.

“Pedestrians are encouraged to walk in pairs or groups,” the notice read. “Neighborhood residents are encouraged to leave on their porch lights. All are encouraged to contact police immediately at 911 if they see any suspicious activity.”

[twitter: https://twitter.com/umichdpss/status/828324394976047104]

Following the notice, Dean of Students Laura Jones asked faculty to share the information with students to make the entire campus more aware. DPSS spokesperson Diane Brown said she has been in contact with student life about helping increase student safety.

"We've reached out to student life as one of our key partners on campus," she said. "Particularly with Beyond the Diag on having student ambassadors in that neighborhood to help us make sure that message was getting distributed."

According to Brown, DPSS has also been working with the Ann Arbor Police Department on the investigation as well as increasing the number of DPSS officers patrolling the area. 

There have been four armed robberies in the past 10 days, all of which have been south of Central Campus. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the crimes.