Hamline University issues a public safety alert

Hamline University issues a safety alert

The University of St. Thomas Public Safety and Parking Services Department received the following safety alert from Hamline University:

From Shirleen Hoffman
Director of Safety and Security Services at Hamline University

Hamline Safety and Security Services would like to inform the community about an incident that occurred on April 26, at approximately 10 p.m. A Hamline student was on or near Englewood Avenue in the area of Osborn Hall when he was approached by two unknown African American males. The student was assaulted and robbed. One of the suspects was armed with a knife or sharp instrument. The suspects were wearing hooded sweatshirts. No additional description is available at this time. More information will be provided if details become available. St. Paul Police responded and are investigating.

This is the second major incident that has occurred on Englewood Avenue bordering the campus. The first robbery occurred on Jan. 20 at 10:30 p.m. A security alert was issued at that time.

Safety and Security Services recommends that when walking any street around or near campus at night to walk in pairs, stay in well lit areas, and walk a route through campus when possible. Don't forget to use the Hamline University Safety and Security Escort Service.

Please call the Hamline Safety and Security Services, (651) 523-2100, if you have information about this crime.

Here are some general safety tips when out and about:

  • If approached or confronted, get away as soon as possible! Run if necessary.
  • Go to a safe location immediately and call for help. Call 911 in an emergency. If on or near campus, call Safety and Security as soon as possible for assistance.
  • Use well-lighted streets. Avoid isolated areas. Go with a friend.
  • Use the Safety and Security escort service.
  • Carry a small amount of cash and give it up readily.
  • Always have your keys ready when you approach your vehicle or front door.
  • Carrying large or cumbersome packages make you vulnerable.
  • Ignore and walk away from panhandlers or tell them that you will call the police.
  • If being followed, cross the street and go the other direction.
  • Know where you are going and how to get there.
  • Know where businesses and public buildings are located and their hours of operation.
  • Never approach a person or situation that appears dangerous. Trust your instincts.
  • Present a potential attacker with the impression that you are alert, aware of your surroundings and confident. Verbal commands, body language and distance provide a defense that can be used to escape or scare off an attacker.