By LONELLE LEWIS
Coral Gables Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place Jan. 28 at the University of Miami.
According to police reports, a female student was walking near the University Village when an African-American man aggressively took her iPhone and purse.
Reports of two prior robberies in the span of a month should make students more aware of their surroundings.
Upon hearing of the recent attacks, UM student Jordan Emanuel feels as though students need to be more aware and lack of awareness plays a role in these robberies.
“If we, as students, paid more attention to our surroundings, then we wouldn’t be as vulnerable or such easy targets to victimize,” Emanuel said.
By using electronic devices while walking on and off campus, students are less vigilant. If students would focus on their travel instead of multi-tasking, then they would be aware of potential threats.
Students are advised to call the UM Police Department at 305-284-6666 if they feel threatened in any way.
There are several options available to students to ensure their safety while on campus; options in the daytime include calling the UM Police Department to have a security guard escort them to their intended destination on campus.
Students can also call Safe Ride, a late-night service that drives students anywhere on campus and to residential areas that border UM. Safe Ride can be reached at 305-298-6128 and is available from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on Sundays-Thursdays.