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By WVUA 23 Web Contributor Sarah Fowerbaugh

A string of recent robberies near the University of Alabama campus have Tuscaloosa residents feeling unsafe in their homes.

Several robberies and break-ins have been reported on 14th Street over the past few months. The location is popular for, as it’s only three blocks from campus.

Resident Julia Daniels said she’s having second thoughts about renewing her lease because of the increased criminal activity.

“I feel pretty unsafe. I’m moving after this year,” Daniels said. “My mom wanted me to move like last week.”

The University of Alabama Police Department recommends keeping these safety tips in mind:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Know what valuables you have on you.
  • If you’re confronted, do not try to fight the robber. Give them what they ask for instead of risking your life.

Daniels said she tries to follow this advice regularly.

“I just avoid going places at night by myself, always try to have someone with me. I lock my door anytime I go in or out of my apartment,” Daniels said. “We never leave it unlocked.”

Both UAPD and Tuscaloosa Police are working together to control this high crime area. If you see any suspicious activity, don’t hesitate to call 911.

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