In yet another incident, college students residing at 515 W. Franklin Street were victims of robbery just before 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning, prompting VCU and the Richmond Police Departments to issue a warning to students and increase patrols of the area.
The number of robberies, attempted robberies and assaults have also raised concerns by many students and parents over their safety as well as the quality of law enforcement on campus and the downtown area.
At a press conference held August 20, VCU Police Chief John Venuti outlined the steps being taken, working in partnership with Richmond law enforcement and the Virginia State Police, to ensure the safety and welfare of students attending college in the city.
The news conference was prompted by a number of assaults, robberies and shootings in the downtown campus area on the previous weekend. Chief Denuti might want to rethink his explanation of "perception of safety."
It is hard to imagine at the present time if anyone is feeling very safe, especially if they are the students dragged out of their apartment at gun point, and taken to the local 7-11, and then forced to withdraw money from the ATM machine.
Every time there is a robbery or assault on the streets of Richmond, the public is assured that increased patrols by law enforcement are the answer. If this is the case, then why are the robberies continuing to plague the campus?
Really guys, two students taken out of their apartment and trotted down to the local ATM at gunpoint? When is this all going to end?