Through a grant from the city of Minneapolis, the West Bank Business Association will place safety lights in lowly-lit areas on Cedar Avenue South beginning next week. Residents and business owners hope the extra lighting, along with events held by WBBA throughout the summer, will help prevent crime and promote business in the neighborhood.
While University of Minnesota area community members have expressed concern about safety on light rail platforms, local officials say current crime trends mirror past years.
Recent crime trends indicate a rise in assaults in the campus neighborhood of Marcy-Holmes while University of Minnesota officials have noted a drop in violent crime on campus.
While Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey recently moved to ban “warrior-style” police training, the University of Minnesota Police Department is already implementing alternatives to the controversial practices.
Burglaries on campus and in surrounding neighborhoods have risen slightly since the start of the summer, according to local crime data. University police continue to contend with homelessness on campus as temperatures rise.
Recent crime trends, including trespassing by nonresidents in apartment buildings, have sparked safety concerns in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
While crime rates have remained stagnant on campus, the University of Minnesota area has seen a recent spike in violent crime incidents. A robbery and assault near the Knoll area and a stabbing at the Metro Green Line Station in Prospect Park were reported within the past two weeks.
University of Minnesota professor Aaron Doering pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault by strangulation Thursday after being arrested late last year for choking and slapping his fiancee in their apartment.
The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is known for its diversity, which extends beyond residents’ cultural backgrounds and into recent conversations surrounding public safety.