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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

UWM Students to Fight Crime

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If you are like thousands of Americans, you are angry at the crime problems facing the nation. And the latest target appears to be campuses. We've reported on a rash of robberies UWM and Marquette lately. Criminals are preying on students. Recently two students were killed from two different colleges. Often young people assume it cannot happen to them. Someone once told me the difference between being young and old, is that young people believe they are immortal. As we get older, we know the truth. But we need to remind our young adults of their vulnerability. They need to be aware of their surroundings. They cannot assume they are safe just because they are on or near campus. Often people naively assume it cannot or will not happen to them. Those of us in the news know perhaps too well that no one is immune. Sad but true. However, defensive thinking can save you from becoming a victim. I cannot tell you how often I see young people walking or jogging alone in questionable areas. Many seem totally oblivious to their surroundings. Both UWM and Marquette have announced increased safety patrols. As we see in Tom Murray's report at the top of this blog, UWM is even hiring students to keep an eye out on crime. Still, everyone must use common sense. We must not let our guard down no matter where we live. I have probably heard the quote.."I can't believe it happened " here" hundreds of times in my career. The best way to stay safe is to stay aware. Take precautions at all times. Lock your homes, doors, cars, and avoid walking alone in deserted areas. Never assume you are safe, no matter where you are. Practicing good defense will make it less likely you become a victim.

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