On April 10, two students affiliated with Rutgers University reported a robbery at roughly 2 A.M. in front of 321 N. 2nd Street, between Penn and Linden Streets.
The students reported: While walking south bound toward the Rutgers Camden Apartment building they were approached by what they described to be a black male approximately 5’10”, wearing a black ski mask, blue hooded sweat shirt, blue and white plaid shirt, baggy jeans, and black boots.
Rutgers University Police Department is not able to discuss anything further in the case because the robbery happened slightly outside Rutgers jurisdiction, and is now being handled by Camden County Metro Police. Captain of Police Richard R. Dinan did say he may shift his police staff to cover different areas in reaction to the recent robbery.
The crime alert is classified as an off-campus event, although it was roughly half a block away from the Walt Whitman Center and Rutgers Camden Apartment Complex, because Rutgers University Police Department only has jurisdiction over Rutgers-owned property. Although the robbery was slightly off campus, RUPD did respond but Camden Metro Police took over the investigation.
RUPD is obligated by law to send out crime reports for heavily trafficked areas that students use around campus. Therefore Rutgers University does in fact patrol property, boundaries, and communities that students use and/or live in the immediate surrounding areas around campus.
Rutgers has not had a significant problem with on- or off-campus crime. In fact, their most recent prior incident happened in November 2014, a string of burglaries on Lawrence St.
The Rutgers University Police Department reminds you that you can reduce your chances of being a victim of a crime by taking reasonable precautions, which include:
- Keeping alert and aware of people and circumstances around you;
- Avoiding isolation and taking advantage of available escort services;
- Immediately reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement.