U president vows more police patrols after robberies, assaults

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  • Updated: November 13, 2013 - 6:01 AM

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler pledged Tuesday to increase police patrols following a rash of robberies and assaults on and near campus, including an armed robbery attempt in a classroom building Monday that left students shaken.

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paulsvmaxNov. 13, 13 7:12 AM

Isn't it interesting, and predictable, that the response to violent acts is to increase the means to report the crime that has been committed and not to help bolster the victim's defense. What culture are we in that says it is better to have a camera to (possibly) record you being attacked but not to allow you to defend yourself in the first place. Truly, think about that. I am not saying that increased patrols and security cameras are a bad thing. They are very helpful in investigating the crime that already happened. And where did that money come from?

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dentesterNov. 13, 13 7:18 AM

This is the same building, Anderson Hall, that was the site of an incident last Spring of a pervert hanging out in the restrooms, shooting video of students using the facilities. The campus cops were notified and they actually caught him in the act, but let him go after questioning. That never made the press.

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elcerritoNov. 13, 13 7:48 AM

Why is there no description of those doing the attacking? Oh, I think I know why.

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tomstromieNov. 13, 13 8:04 AM

Great. It's now come to armed robberies occurring during the day in the buildings on campus. Law enforcement efforts better get a lot more serious very quickly.

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cartoonconnNov. 13, 13 8:12 AM

This sort of crime happens all the time at the U. It's just now in our age of micro blogging and web news and a heightened sensitivity to active shooters that this incident is being reported at all.

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decembersueNov. 13, 13 9:02 AM

Strib should always include a comparison to overall crime rates in MN and the US, and long term trends (not one year trends) when discussing things like this. Otherwise people panic due to lack of context.

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yourwelcomeNov. 13, 13 9:15 AM

I think the media is doing a fantastic job of hiding the truth on "who is committing the majority of these crimes"

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Interested ObserverNov. 13, 13 9:31 AM

Why is there no description of those doing the attacking? Oh, I think I know why......There was a description of the armed robber yesterday in Matt's article, but Matt and Star Trib didn't allow any commenting on the article. The liberals would rather keep their head in the sand and be in denial than tackle the real problem in Minnepolis of the failed welfare state, broken homes and no father around to kick butt on these young males who act like they are entitled to your money and your cell phone and have killed for it on numerous ocassions. We pay through the nose to support their mothers on welfare and to let their fathers off the hook of being a responisble role model for their sons and then they do this to our kids on campus and in downtown after bars close. This is by far the most pressing issue in Mpls, but the liberals don't want to talk about the killing monsters they have created.

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Izzy96Nov. 13, 1311:10 AM

Liberals? Funny stuff. I didn't hear if the robbery suspect was a liberal. I cannot tell if President Kaler is a liberal. And this Star Tribune staff? They don't publish what their political affiliation might be. What would the optimal size of the police force have to be to stop this from happening? Answer: You could never hire one big enough. I cannot say for sure, but I would be that Interested Observer is also not a fan of programs to help ex-offenders find work or education of any kind. I bet they are a fan of build more prisons. I bet they are a fan of "make those dads stay at home" but interestingly enough offer no solutions about how to make that happen. It does seem that crime happens at any time of day, and apparently fall semester shows an uptick historically at the U of MN. That isn't a surprise. Incoming freshman would be vulnerable. Many come from small towns and wouldn't be big city street smart. My daughter is a freshman this year. She is street smart, but that doesn't make her immune from crime. She takes precautions. As her dad, I am certainly glad that President Kaler is increasing patrols and cameras. I guess we could start posting armed guards at every street corner, but that depends on the publics perception of privacy and financing.

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Izzy96Nov. 13, 1311:17 AM

Let's see, would there be a huge increase or decrease in crime if we eliminated those darn "liberal" programs that help low income families eat, obtain housing and heat or clothing? If we invested considerably less into public schools in low income neighborhoods, would there be a huge increase or decrease in crime? Or are we, and they better off doing even more for these kids when they are much, much younger? I operate from the notion no one is born with a propensity to commit crimes. Something happens between cutting the cord and crime. Irregardless, has anyone identified yet where this particular burglar grew up? Minneapolis? Apple Valley? Hastings? Wayzata? Or are some making assumptions based upon their bias about who commits crimes?

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