Safety & Security urge caution after state of emergency issued in Rochester due to crime spike

By Madison Weber ’23, Staff Writer and Social Media Editor

Photo by David von Diemar on Unsplash

By Madison Weber ’23, Staff Writer and Social Media Editor

Following a spike in violent crime in Rochester and a declaration of a state of emergency by Mayor Lovely Warren, St. John Fisher College Department of Safety and Security sent out an email on Friday with personal safety reminders and tips to stay safe.

The email included safety tips and reminders for both on and off campus:

Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and of activity around you. 

Walk with others, especially at night.

  • Remember, if you are on campus, you can call Safety & Security 24 hours per day for an escort.
  • Walk in well lit, well-traveled areas, and walk in the middle of sidewalks away from trees and shrubs. 
  • If you think you are being followed, reverse direction, cross the street, or go to a public area or business.
  • If you are approached for directions, keep a safe distance and never enter a vehicle.
  • If you see suspicious activity on-campus, alert Safety & Security. 
  • If you are off-campus and see suspicious activity, dial 911.
  • Trust your feelings and instincts.

According to the Rochester Police Department Open Data Portal, the city has seen a total of 75 homicides this year, that’s inn comparison to 51 in all of 2020 and 32 in all of 2019.

The Rochester Police Department encourages anyone who sees anything suspicious to call 911.

About Madison Weber 5 Articles
Madison Weber is a staff-writer for the Cardinal Courier and their Social Media Editor. She graduated from Williamson High School in 2019, and will graduate from St. John Fisher College with her BSN and a minor in Spanish for Healthcare Professionals in May of 2023. In the past, she wrote for both her highschool and local community newspaper. Madison also has had research published on the impact of the 19th Amendment on the healthcare system in the scholastic journal, The Review. She currently works at both Highland Hospital and Newark-Wayne Community Hospital as a Patient Care Technichian. As a journalist, Madison loves to write about local politics, events, the Rochester community, and anything that impacts the Fisher community. Madison uses her writing to give a voice to the things that she cares about, and hopes to continue to do so-- whether it be for the Courier, in the world of academia, or on her blog and social media pages. She firmly believes that as a writer she is able to learn everyday, while also giving a voice to those who need it. In her freetime she loves to spend time with her family (including her dogs) and friends, go thrifting, read, write, and be an advocate for causes that she cares about. In the future, Madison hopes to have an impact in the field of women’s health.

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