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VCU Creates New Strategies to Fight Campus Crime

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VCU Police Chief John Venuti calls the new strategies to combat on campus crime aggressive.

"If you come down here and you want to rob someone, you're probably going to get caught, and you're probably going to get convicted, and you're probably going to go to the penitentiary for that robbery."

They've added 10 more officers to the department and shuffled around schedules, creating more of an overlap and a higher police presence from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. - a time Chief Venuti calls critical.

"Those are the times that people tell us they feel less safe. And those are also the time periods where if we do have an incident, more than likely it's going to occur during that time period."

Some students say it's about time.

Boris Tchokouani says last year his phone was constantly buzzing with crime text alerts.

"Every time you see it, it's like ‘oh I'm two streets away from that,' so, you know, it's kind of a scary feeling honestly," he says.

University Police are also focusing on new technologies, upgrades to surveillance cameras and listening to concerns from those who come through most often.

"The community feedback is essential to keep enhancing things here at VCU because they see things very differently than I do when I walk down the street," Venuti says.


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