UCLA Adjusts Patrols After Pair of Attacks

While campus police have not increased their presence on campus, they are focusing resources on potential problem areas.

By Angie Crouch and Neil Costes
|  Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013  |  Updated 7:04 PM PDT
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After a pair of unrelated on-campus crimes targeted students, UCLA police began focusing resources on potential problem areas. Angie Crouch reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2013.

Angie Crouch

After a pair of unrelated on-campus crimes targeted students, UCLA police began focusing resources on potential problem areas. Angie Crouch reports from Westwood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 8, 2013.

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UCLA warned students on Tuesday about a pair of recent attacks targeting students.

Within a two hour period early Monday morning, a male student was robbed at gunpoint near campus, and a female student was the victim of an attempted sexual assault.

Police believe the two attacks were unrelated and do not plan to increase patrols in the area. However, they have adjusted patrols to focus more on potential problem areas.

"The community as a whole is probably the safest community in Los Angeles," said LAPD Lt. Carlos Islas. "So I don't have any concerns at all that the students should feel any less safe here."

UCLA insists the campus is a safe place, and police offer escorts to students who need someone to walk with to their cars, dorms or classes.

The UCLA campus is public. Unlike USC, which is set to become a closed campus at night, it can't institute strict rules about who comes and goes.

"Sometimes you get out of class late and you think it's all students, but its not," said UCLA student Paola Garcia. "It's open to everyone."

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