ARLINGTON - UT Arlington
police are stepping up foot and bicycle patrols in and near campus housing
communities in response to recent reports of cell phone robberies on and near
In each of
the incidents, pedestrians have been hailed or approached by a stranger who
asks for the victim's cell phone. In several cases, the victim has been
assaulted as the suspect takes the victim's cell phone.
doing everything we can to stop these individuals from committing more crimes
on campus," said Ricardo Gomez, UT
Arlington assistant police chief. "We are supplementing our regular patrol with
extra foot and bicycle officers. And we are trying to educate our community and
provide tips that can lessen the chance that someone will become a crime victim."
students, faculty and staff to be alert to their surroundings when outdoors and to avoid walking alone at night.
approach a vehicle if a stranger calls out to you.
the opposite direction that the vehicle is traveling or create distance between
yourself and any stranger on foot.
description of the vehicle, particularly a license plate number.
police as soon as possible at 817-272-3381 (main) or 817-272-3003 (emergency).
Campus police maintain the network of blue and white emergency assistance call
boxes across campus that directly connect police with the user and pinpoint the
faculty and staff may request a personal security escort 24 hours a day by
information about the incidents should call campus police at 817-272-3381.
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