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Dean reminds students of personal safety following second incident on Langdon Street

March 19, 2010

University of Wisconsin–Madison Dean of Students Lori Berquam is asking students to take increased safety measures in the wake of a groping incident on Langdon Street early Thursday morning.

Madison police report that a female student, 22, was walking alone in the 100 block of Langdon Street shortly after 1 a.m. on March 18. She reported that when a man approached, he put his arm around her offered to walk her home. When she declined the offer, he groped her. She yelled for help and the man fled.

A robbery of a UW–Madison student was reported in the same block of Langdon Street on March 12.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5-feet, 6-inches with a medium build. He had short hair and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white writing on the back, black jeans and white shoes.

Madison police say the incident highlights a continued need for attention to personal safety.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to follow these safety guidelines:

— Walk in groups or with at least one other friend whenever possible.

— Do not resist a potential robbery. It is better to give up your belongings than be injured in a struggle.

— Take advantage of UW–Madison SAFEwalk and SAFEride programs available on and around campus. Call (608) 262-5000 for detailed information.

— Carry a cell phone and dial 911 for help.

— Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal (shrubbery, building recesses, etc.). Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.

— If you intend to drink, do so in moderation to avoid placing yourself in a position of increased risk.

— Make sure someone knows when you leave and when to expect you back.

— If you think someone is following you, cross the street. Head for a well-populated and well-lit area at night.

If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.