Demand Rutgers-Newark Police Department Take Action to Protect Students

Target: Michael P. Lattimore, Sr., Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety

Goal: Take proactive measures to keep students safe from assaults and muggings

Students that attend Rutgers-Newark have faced almost daily muggings. Newark is known to be a dangerous city with a high crime rate but the Rutgers campus has always been considered to be a fairly safe area. Lately that sense of safety has been shattered as the number of assaults and muggings of students on campus has spiked. Sign the petition to demand that the Rutgers Police take action to protect students on campus.

Following a spate of muggings of students for their smartphones, RUPD issued guidelines for students to follow and promised to increase foot patrols. There has been no evidence of any increase of foot patrols and the muggings have not only continued unabated but increased. Recent muggings have even occurred right next to the police department and other school buildings. Students are growing increasingly concerned about their safety on campus and the unresponsiveness of the Rutgers Police in preventing these incidents.

Muggings are occurring earlier and earlier in the day with some happening in the afternoon. Students have a right to feel safe on campus regardless of how dangerous the surrounding city is. Rutgers Police are merely reacting to the new muggings that occur every day rather than taking proactive measures. Sign the petition to demand the Rutgers Police take proactive action to keep students safe on campus.


Dear Police Chief Lattimore,

I am writing as a concerned student and citizen about the spate of muggings that have occurred on the Rutgers-Newark campus. Newark has always been a dangerous city but there was a time not so long ago when students could feel relatively secure on campus as long as they weren’t out too late at night. Lately, however, even that feeling has gone away and now students are being robbed at all hours on all parts of the campus.

In response you advised students to take greater care with their smartphones and walking alone. You also said that you would increase foot patrols and police presence on campus. Unfortunately there appears to have been no action taken because as recently as a few days ago an armed mugging of a student occurred right next to your police station. Clearly having one officer ride around campus on a Segway during daylight hours is insufficient. Students have a right to be on campus at all hours without fear of being victimized. I urge you to take serious action to proactively protect students rather than passively respond to new incidents as they occur.

I hope you take my thoughts under consideration.

[Your Name Here]

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