Champaign and U of I police working together to prevent crime on campus
CHAMPAIGN - Following a string of attacks on the University of Illinois campus, the Champaign Police Department and University of Illinois police are urging individuals to travel in pairs.
On Monday, Champaign Police Lt. Jim Clark said both departments are working together to implement crime prevention strategies, such as dispatching officers in plain clothes and uniforms to monitor campus activity. Clark adds that in the past two weeks, there have been 12 reports of "mob action" and robbery around campus.
Police say they are investigating an incident in Champaign in which a 22-year-old reported being pepper-sprayed and robbed on Sunday. Authorities have also charged an 18-year-old with robbery in connection to a report filed by a 21-year-old, who reported being punched in the head and robbed on Sunday.