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Nov. 19, 2007 (Sent at 8:07 p.m.)

To:  University Community
From:  President Robert J. Zimmer
Subject:  University Safety

I am writing to inform you of some immediate as well as sustained actions the University will take to improve safety in and around campus.

First, we have increased police patrols on and around campus. In the past few years we have expanded police patrols between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and midnight when most crimes occur. That approach has been successful in reducing crime. Today we are taking the further steps of expanding by another 50 percent the number of University police car patrols between 4 p.m. and midnight and doubling the police car presence after midnight around campus. Also starting today, we will supplement squad-car based patrols with additional officers on bicycles. Each of these steps will be maintained indefinitely.

Second, we have added two additional vans to SafeRide, our late-night van service, and expect to make additional improvements to that service as soon as we can determine — with your input — what changes would be most effective. The further changes being anticipated include additional vans as well as changes to routes, policies, and other operational aspects of the program to better meet the needs of the University community.

Third, until the opening next spring of our new police headquarters now under construction at 61st and Drexel Avenue, we will set up a visible police substation on the south campus.

At the same time that we take these immediate measures, we will begin a comprehensive review of campus safety and security, seeking advice from both security experts as well as from campus and community members. Among improvements we expect to consider is the installation of additional security cameras on and around the campus.

Finally, let me assure you that we will work to improve campus safety in an ongoing and deliberate way. We take seriously our responsibility for providing a safe environment for our community and welcome your thoughts about additional areas that need attention.

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