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Written by Arun Sundaresan
Whatever crimes occur at Wash U invariably show up in the "Police Beat" section of Student Life, the main student newspaper. There are often detailed reports about "green leafy substances" being confiscated from unlucky students, stolen bottles of tequila, and other minor incidents, but overwhelmingly, there is little crime and little reason to feel unsafe at Wash U. The campus is nestled between three upscale neighborhoods, making it a safe place to live and study.
The presence of campus police and blue-light security phones make most students feel perfectly at ease, and since most areas of the campus are well lit and usually frequented, walking around campus late at night doesn't make many students nervous. Off campus is a different story. There have been a few gang-related crimes in recent years on the Loop, and students are aware that being alone at night is inadvisable. However, the University has taken preventative measures: They installed blue-light security phones around the Loop, send patrol cars at all hours of the night, and even offer self-defense courses.
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