Minnesota Senate told of stepped-up security around college campuses after rash of incidents

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Campus and city police forces assured Minnesota lawmakers Tuesday that they've stepped up patrols and security features around Twin Cities-area colleges as a response to brash crimes affecting students.

Several law enforcement and college officials told the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee that they're elevating their presence to try to ward off crime. Reports of sexual assaults and armed robberies have put students, staff and others on edge, particularly near the University of Minnesota's flagship campus.

"We are very concerned about the perception that our campus is not safe," said university vice president Pam Wheelock.

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