CMU students, police talk campus safety - WNEM TV 5

CMU students, police talk campus safety

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Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened early Sunday in a parking lot in Mt. Pleasant.

The victim said four men robbed him, saying they had a knife.

Investigators said there is no on-going threat to students.

Meanwhile, thousands of students are kicking off their college experience this week, and for many it's their first time away from home. 

"I do feel safe here on campus," said Jared Winton, a Central Michigan University student.

Winton is a returning student at CMU. Safety is not something he worries about. He said law enforcement does a great job.

"They have roaming patrols every night. They make sure that everyone's in check on weekends and things like that," Winton said.

Nsude Okekeew agrees. 

"I feel like it's a safe environment. I've never had problems or anyone approach me suspiciously," Okekeew said.

Everywhere you look you can see blue lights across the CMU campus, which means help is just a button push away. Okekeew is glad they are there, although she's never had to use them.

"I usually always walk home from the library at night all the time. No problems," she said.

The university police chief said one thing will play a major role in how safe students are on campus.

"The vast majority of victim crimes as well as the perpetrators of crimes had been drinking. And if we can reduce the amount of alcohol consumption then in my mind we can reduce the amount of victimization," University Police Chief William Yeagley said.

Yeagley said the school is trying to do something about that. In an attempt to cut alcohol related crime, CMU has started a safe rides program. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. any student who needs a safe ride can get one. The school also encourages incoming students to create their own safety plan. 

"Every freshman goes through orientation. The majority of that orientation is about how to stay safe on a college campus," Yeagley said.

Winton believes when it comes to safety there's no place better than CMU.

"I encourage everyone to come here. It's a great college. I love it," he said.

According to CMU police, they have the lowest crime rate of any university in the state.

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