Community, Crime, Syracuse

Off-Campus Robberies Unnerve Residents

(c) 2018 Jason Gruber

A DPS officer getting ready to go on patrol of the nearby off-campus area

Click the play button above to hear why students are nervous about walking home this semester.

Audio Transcript: Gruber-Off Campus Safety

By Jason Gruber Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — A number off-campus robberies have residents and Syracuse University students increasingly nervous about their safety this semester.

Between Jan. 28 and Jan. 31 alone, there were six theft related incidents in the immediate off-campus area, according to the university’s department of safety daily crime log.  According to Syracuse.com, Syracuse is one of the more dangerous cities in N.Y., however in 2017 the homicide rate is the lowest it has been in five years.

University students living off campus have become more cautious on their journey home with the frequency of violent and property crime recently.  Fifth year student, John Hayden, admitted to being nervous but claimed that these incidents aren’t something out of the ordinary for the area.

“Honestly [I’m] a little uneasy but I mean it’s like nothing new.  I’ve been going here for five years and there’s always been off campus robberies.”

Hayden encouraged faculty and staff living off-campus to never walk alone and to take public transportation whenever possible.  He claimed Syracuse Police and the university’s department of public safety are not performing to the standard he expects of them.

“I think they could do a better job at helping kids get home.  I remember when I was a freshman DPS could pick you up and give you a ride home if you needed a ride home.  They don’t do that anymore.”

Syracuse Police sergeant, Richard Helterline, offered tips to the community to help keep residents safe in response to the recent criminal activity.

“We recommend being aware of your surroundings, trying not to walk with your phone in your hand, locking your doors at all times and avoiding poorly lit areas.”

With only four weeks gone in the spring semester residents along with safety personnel will be hoping for fewer incidents the rest of the year.