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UWSP students, police respond to attempted abduction


Students at UW-Stevens Point say they feel safe on campus.

"In general, I feel like campus is safe because I feel like in general, Stevens Point is a safe community," said UWSP student Melis Arik.

But after a scary incident last week, some say they now think about being more careful.

"It just reminded me that we always have to be careful because things happen, usually when we're not expecting them," said Arik.

Police say on Sunday, a female jogger was approached by a man who tried to pull her into his vehicle. She was able to escape, but campus officials are using the situation to remind students about the importance of safety.

"I think they're expressing some concern, and I think that's good. I think to heighten awareness on personal safety is always a good thing," said Bill Rowe, UWSP Protective Services.

But some students told me they thought the university should have given students more information about the attempted abduction, and they put up posters around campus to inform people about the attack.

"We need to know that the people who are charged with keeping us safe are communicating with us to let us know when there's an imminent danger," said Arik.

Campus police say that feedback is important.

"We will definitely take a closer look at how students were notified, and then, if there is room for improvement, we will certainly do that," said Rowe.

UWSP officials say they're stepping up patrols around campus to make sure students stay safe.

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