August 18, 2005
School is just around the corner for UVA students, and as first years begin considering their future, University police ask them to also consider their safety.
"Anybody can be a potential victim," said Sgt. Melissa Fielding with the UVA Police Department. "it's just the amount of effort that we put into removing opportunities. Crimes occur at the University and in Charlottesville like they do in other communities. The University makes its best effort to prevent crime, however there are no guarantees."
Stats show larceny, theft, and assault are the most common crimes on grounds. For that reason the UVA provides several student safety services.
"There's a late night bus service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There's the Safe Ride Program that's operated by the police department. There's a lighted pathway system," explained Fielding.
That system that provides more than 170 blue phones throughout the grounds, all of which are a direct form of communication to the police department.
Even with about 130 employees, university police say they cannot prevent crime alone.
"For safety I think it's important to remain alert and aware, and to be mindful that crimes do occur here like other places, and to take simple safety precautions," said Fielding.
Students with safety concerns should contact the UVA Police Department at (434) 924-7166.