LSU students notice spike in robberies

CrimeTracker
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 7:54pm

There was another armed robbery near LSU last night. Campus police say two hispanic men shot a guy in the leg and then robbed him on Highland Road just norther of State Street around 11 p.m. This is the second armed robbery in the area since Friday.

LSU police send out emergency emails and texts when something, like a robbery, happens on or near campus. Students say they get those alerts all the time.

Around 31,000 LSU students, teachers, and faculty got an alert Tuesday night, warning them to steer clear of Highland Road.

"We were like, 'yep, somebody got robbed.' Then another person got that text, and another one got an email. We were like 'yep,'" says LSU junior Ben Guarisco.

The message didn't come as a shock.

"It didn't really surprise me," Guarisco says. "It's a pretty bad area over there. Pretty classic right there," he explains.

In fact, most sutdents say they're getting used to this kind of bad news.

"Armed robbery? What's new?" Guarisco says. "Tell me who's next?"

"It's another armed robbery?" LSU junior Nicollette Calvin says of her reaction to the text. "We get them all the time. It's ridiculous. I got three of them in two weeks!"

All of the alerts leave some students wondering if they're safe.

"It's crazy. I'm always wondering where they are coming from or why do the robberies keep happening," Calvin says.

Others, like Guarisco, say they're not worried.

"Nothing like really crazy has ever happened," he says. "It's not like anyone's ever got shot on campus."

LSU police say robberies tend to increase around the holidays, and most of the time, burglars are targetting electronics.

"Don't make it a habit of walking around with a cell phone in your hand," Captain Cory Lalonde says. "You're just advertising yourself. You're making yourself a target of opportunity."

Police want to assure students that the campus is completely safe, but they want students to stay alert, especially late at night.

"Trust your instincts," Lalonde says. "If you see something that doesn't look right, it probably isn't."

Police say they've got between six and ten officers patrolling LSU at all times of the day and night, doing their best to keep crime off the campus.

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