VCU Police release crime statistics

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - New numbers are out about crime on or near the VCU's two campuses. Some violence has gone down from years past.

This as Richmond police investigate a double stabbing just a block away from the Monroe Park campus. We took a closer look at crime specific to that campus, including robbery, burglary and larceny.

Students we spoke with say they feel pretty secure despite living in an urban setting. VCU freshman Katherine Sweetman is a long way from her Alaska home.

"I live on an island with 12,000 people and Richmond is a couple times bigger than my town it's different," said Sweetman.

The one concern Sweetman has is safely getting to and from her night class.

"If you're stupid something is going to come back and bite you," said Sweetman.

VCU police urge students to be street smart. This as the department released new crime numbers.

In 2008, there were nearly 300 larcenies reported, 47 burglaries, and 9 robberies on or near the Monroe Park campus. Most of the larcenies and burglaries happened on campus. The nine robberies were on public property.

During 2007, 182 larcenies were reported, 76 burglaries and 26 robberies. VCU freshman Nana Pinkah credits a strong police presence for the drop in some areas.

"VCU police here like they're out here like all night basically," said Pinkah.

Days after the crime stats came out, violence struck Sunday not far from Erin Hansen's path home. On Kinney Street, two young men became victims of crime when police say they were stabbed during a robbery it happened just a block away from VCU.

"From what I understand, it wasn't just a random person," said Hansen.  "To me there's a difference there certainly like I said it can be a little unnerving but I use common sense."

So far, no arrests have been made in that case and police have not released a suspect description. If you'd like to take a closer look at the entire VCU security report, just click here.

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