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Bradley Increasing Security, Students Return Next Week

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Bradley students we spoke with Thursday say they feel safe on campus, even with an uptick in crime during December. One of those students was junior Soren Umali.

"[I've] felt safe and comfortable walking across campus especially late at night, now being a junior and living off campus, that's a big deal for my parents and grandparents, but I definitely do safe doing that," said Umali.

While Bradley officials agree the campus is safe, they say they want to work to prevent as much crime as possible. That is one of the reasons school administrators and police last month.

"We had seen a couple robberies and other unrelated criminal acts in the month of December, which is an unusual uptick for that month," said Brain Joschko, Chief of Bradley Police.

So why the increase?

"So one of the theories we are using is that because of the warm weather, we believe that's one of the reasons we've seen in crimes occur," added Joschko.

Joschko says after that meeting, Peoria Police promised to increase patrols. Bradley Police will be adding an ATV unit and a new position, public safety officer.

"That would ultimately be responsible for the physical safety and security of the campus, things like locking doors and unlocking doors, patrolling academic buildings, which would free up the university police officers for patrol responsibilities," said Joschko.

The Chief says he recognizes that people might feel like there is a lot of crime around Bradley...because campus police send more alerts than a city department.

Andy Weber

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