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Bicycling thieves ride off with students' belongings

September 13, 2012

By Brittney Schmies

Three male Cleveland State University students reported no injuries after being robbed by two men on bikes. The incident occurred around 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 6 near East 28th Street and Cedar Avenue.

The men were described as African Americans in their 20s. One was reported as wearing a black shirt and pants, and the other was reported to have on dark clothing.
There have been several other thefts and attempted thefts reported around CSU throughout the week of Sept. 2, which targeted CSU students, staff, faculty and non-affiliates.

All cases remain open.

Campus police was contacted, but no one was available for comment.

Following the Campus Safety email about this robbery, students, for the most part, feel campus police do their part to keep them safe.

They offer many services to students in order to keep them safe, including police escorts, safety updates and emergency phone lines among other things.
Police presence also helps students feel safe.

If students saw more police patrolling around campus and parking lots, both on and off campus, they would feel safer.

“A lot of people do not have parking passes and park off campus where there is no security,” said Scott Dabato, Business Administration major. “They should be patrolling the main campus plus the parking lots around campus for the people that don’t park on campus.”

Students also acknowledge they play a part in ensuring their own safety on and around campus.

Being aware of their surroundings, not leaving valuable items in their cars, locking their cars and staying alert and in groups while they walk around campus are all ways students ensure their own safety.

“As students, we must take our safety into consideration every time we are on or near campus,” said Jeff Miller, an Electrical Engineering Technology major. “We must use common sense and follow the general safety guidelines we’ve known all our lives.”

Police advise smart phones be kept out of sight while in public areas.

They also want to remind people to stay alert and be aware of their surroundings, walk with confidence and purpose, use well-lit public walkways, walk with a friend and take advantage of CSU’s 24/7 Safety Escort Service, especially at night.
CSU students, faculty and staff can call (216) 687-2020 to request an escort.