USC Move-In Day Worries Parents of New Students

Mothers of incoming students are concerned for their childrens' safety

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    Thousands of USC students felt the presence of increased security on and around campus Wednesday as they moved into their new homes for the 2014-2015 school year. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. from downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

    Thousands of new University of Southern California students moved into multiple residences on and off campus Wednesday as some parents were fearful after a grad student was fatally beaten in a botched robbery near campus.

    Kito Jones, mother of an incoming USC student, hopes her son Kimari will be safe.

    "This is his first year here," she said. "We are hopeful he won't run into any problems."

    The mother's concerns come after the violent deaths of three USC students in the past two years.

    Beefed Up Security on USC Move-In Day

    [LA] Beefed Up Security on USC Move-In Day
    It's move-in day for thousands of USC students gearing up for the start of school. But this year, the scene is filled with a larger security presence and concern over recent crimes near campus. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

    Xinran Ji, 24, was fatally beaten with a bat at July 24 in as he walked home off campus from a study group.

    Ying Wu and Ming Qu, both 23 and also Chinese graduate students, were fatally shot in a botched robbery as they sat in a car after leaving a library in the early morning hours of April 11, 2012.

    Arrests were made in both cases.

    The university has added more security officers to patrol the campus and areas where the deadly attacks occurred.

    Beefed Up Security on USC Move-In Day

    [LA] Beefed Up Security on USC Move-In Day
    It's move-in day for thousands of USC students gearing up for the start of school. But this year, the scene is filled with a larger security presence and concern over recent crimes near campus. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014.

    The school has provided dorm advisors and online tip sheets to help students be aware and avoid situations like the ones that  Ji, Wu and Qu encountered.

    "Safety in numbers," Kimari Jones said. "Always have people to go with you."