Safety Advisory Issued For UK Campus

The University of Kentucky Police Department issued a Safety Advisory following an incident reported on campus Thursday night.

About 8:30 Thursday night a female student reported an incident to UK Police. The victim states that the unknown suspect followed her from the Lafferty Hall area through Central Campus and across Rose Street. She states that between the Mining and Mineral Resources Building and the W.T. Young Library, the suspect grabbed her. She resisted and was able to run away toward the library.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, wearing blue jeans or dark pants and a waist length dark coat with a hood. He was also wearing a black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to contact UK Police at 257-1616 or #UKPD (#8573) from any cell phone.

UK Police offer the following safety precautions:
If you notice anything suspicious, go to the nearest phone and call 911.
Carry a cell phone or other personal safety device.
Always be aware of your surroundings and of the activities of people around you.
Do not travel alone after dark; always walk with a friend or with a group.
Request a FREE escort by calling the "Safe Cats" at 257-SAFE (257-7299) or UK Police at 257-1616.
Request discounted taxi service through UK sponsored "Taxicats" at 381-TAXI (381-8294).
Park only in well lit areas.
Make statements with authority -- BACK-OFF! STOP! NO WAY! Never comply with being moved to another location, FIGHT BACK!
If you choose to drink, be responsible! Alcohol clouds decision making and increases confidence, a combination that often leads to risky situations.

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  • by peacethruequalization Location: georgetown on Jan 20, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    the article itself says "Never comply with being moved to another location" and "FIGHT BACK!", so how is a female supposed to do that against a male if she's not allowed ccw? sue UK to change their bobby knight said "lay back and enjoy it" (rly?). your choice, i choose to carry.
  • by anonymouus on Jan 20, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    The area around the campus is very dangerous. My son lived right off campus and was afraid to walk to his apartment. The east side of the campus off of Winnie Street have public housing and half way houses. College kids are the last to complained about what is living next to them. I am sure the city took this in consideration, when they moved this element into the neighborhood. Their is a lot that goes on that never hits the paper. U of K can and is a very dangerous campus, and it is the cities fault.
  • by anonymous on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:28 AM
    I have a son that attends U of K so I keep up with the news in Lexington. I am amazed by the number of incidents such as this as well as robberies and home invasions that occur on and around campus. Maybe they're not reported, but you don't hear about these types of things as often at other college campuses in KY. I know that the police can't be everywhere but it seems that more needs to be done to keep our students safe while they are trying to get a college education. I always thought of Lexington as a fairly safe city, especially when compared to Louisville, but now I'm not so sure.
  • by Fred Willis Location: Hazard KY on Jan 17, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    it is refreshing to see a white guy doing something for a change the offender is usually a black man.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    Is this story real or another wolf-cry like the one at EKU?
  • by ditto on Jan 17, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    Police are not accountable for your individual protection, only you are. Here is another example for the need for CCW on campus.
  • by Renee Location: Hyden on Jan 16, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    8:30 p.m. is not that late for a female student to be out, that's about the time that night classes dismiss. There are a lot of young women who have to walk campus that time of night. Full time students should not have to enroll in night classes, but sometimes they have to. I know the police can't be everywhere but there should be increased police presence during evening class hours.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    UK police will tell you if you call that that is not a service that they provide till after 2-3am this is no benifit to student that has been studying at the library till midnight when it is already dark outside
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    good thing he's a white male -- otherwise, the race never would've been reported.
  • by sierra Location: richmond on Jan 16, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    a similar incident happened on EKU's campus this week? I wonder if it is the same person? Does anyone know if the police are thinking the attacks are related?
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