Extra security at Duke after recent sex assault and robbery

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Two attacks on Duke University’s campus in broad daylight are pushing university police to increase security.

An email sent out over the weekend assured all faculty, staff and students that the school is working on safety.

Many on campus said Monday that they generally feel safe, but they’re glad to have an increase in security after recent crimes.

Midday Saturday there was an armed robbery in the Duke Gardens. There was also a sexual assault on the morning of November 30.

Those incidents spurred both Duke University and Durham police to increase patrols around campus.

“I was a little surprised by it just because it was in the middle of the day. You know at night, try not to walk by yourself, but in the middle of the day you think you’d be safe, especially in the gardens,” said Mick Raynor, a Duke graduate student.

The university will also be supplying more Duke vans, which provide free rides on and off campus where bus service is not available.

“I think when you have a sexual assault occur on campus at 10 in the morning in broad daylight, that’s pretty terrifying,” said Lexi Bateman, a Duke student.

Officials are also asking students to be aware of their surroundings, and walk with a friend as much as possible.

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