UO sororities taking extra precautions walking near campus

Members of the Greek community are taking extra precautions walking near the University of Oregon campus.

Posted: Mar 19, 2018 6:53 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2018 7:12 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Members of the Greek community are taking extra precautions walking near the University of Oregon campus, now that the number of robberies in Eugene has reached double digits.

KEZI spoke with Emma Sugar, who is a member of Delta Gamma. She said her sorority and a handful of other sororities are informing their members about ways to stay safe.

Sugar said they are telling members to travel in large groups, carry pepper spray and to pay attention to their surroundings while they are walking. She also said that each sorority is implementing their very own ride share program so members can get a ride to their destination instead of walking.

She said because of the rash of robberies that have been happening recently, she and many others are afraid to go out.

"I do not want to walk alone, let alone leave this house honestly,” Sugar said. “A lot of them are taking place right across the street or even next to our house. So it's a scary thought for sure."

On March 17th, at 12:50 a.m. police said a 21-year-old woman saw two men hiding behind the dumpsters just outside of Delta Gamma, with one man holding a handgun.

Police said the woman called a friend and then went into a nearby bar before one of her friend's reported it to police.
They said it is that type of delay in reporting crimes that have made it difficult to find the suspects. Police said the longer it takes to report the crime, the more difficult it is for them to find the suspect. If you are a victim or if you see something suspicious, you are asked to contact police immediately.

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