PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A recent rash of robberies has authorities and students at the University of Pittsburgh on alert.
The latest happened over the weekend when officials say a student was robbed and stabbed on Semple Street, two other robberies took place last week on Semple and South Bellefield Avenue.
Move-in week on the Pitt campus has seen violent crime move in on some of the students, one – a young man – was stabbed, and another had $500 taken.
It’s got other Pitt students on edge.
“We just lock our doors and hope for the best,” said student Thomas Larkin.
“I usually try to walk that way because of all the things happening on this street,” added student Nick Lubic.
This street is Semple Street, the site of two recent robberies. The incidents coming as thousands of new students arrive in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh for the new school year.
“Every year we start to gear up for this type of activity,” said Chief Tim Delaney, of the University of Pittsburgh Police. “We are putting out student alerts; we have extra patrols out. We’ve met with Pittsburgh Police, and they – with us – have extra patrols in the area.”
But Chief Delaney tells KDKA’s Ross Guidotti that it’s not like the students aren’t warned of potential dangers. Every year, the faces may change but the message is the same.
“I tell the kids, if you’re looking for action at 2 in the morning, you’re going to find it, for sure. But we tell them, walk in pairs and try to be cognizant of your area,” said Chief Delaney.