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by Lauren Dermer
Daily Staff Reporter
Sometimes Ann Arbor's beauty
can be deceiving.
While new students at the
University often leave their doors
wide open and trust every new friend
they meet, they quickly learn that
Ann Arbor is not exactly Trust-A-
Many students say that feeling
secure on campus is difficult in light
of the 2,830 crimes reported by the
University Department of Public
Safety (DPS) and the 91 sexual as-
saults reported by the University
Sexual Assault Prevention and
Awareness Center (SAPAC) in
A look at the daily city police re-
ports shows that most crimes involv-
ing students are thefts, and result
from carelessness in locking cars or
rooms. "Personal safety begins with
locking your doors during the day
and the night," said DPS Lt. Vernon
Although the majority of crimes
recorded involve bicycle thefts,
jackets stolen from fraternity parties,
and missing computer and stereo
equipment from dorm rooms and
apartments, sexual assault remains
one of the most frightening problems
in Ann Arbor.
And these fears are not un-
founded, as the FBI reports that the
number of forcible rapes in Ann
Arbor has increased by 17 percent
since 1989, a rate nearly double the
national average for large cities.
Coupled with the fact that 90
percent of all rapes go unreported,
this statistic creates vivid images in
many students' minds of being at-
tacked by someone hiding in the
But both police officers and
counselors at SAPAC warn that
while these attacks do sometimes
occur, instances of acquaintance
rape are much more common.
"More than 80 percent of all sex-
ual assaults are committed by some-
one known to the victim," said Kata
Issari, interim director of SAPAC.
Still, many University students
-particularly women - express a
great fear of walking alone at night.
"Too many people have a mis-
conception that they are free from
harm on this beautiful campus, but it
really is dangerous and frightening
to walk alone," said LSA sophomore
Baisden said students should
know there are alternatives to walk-
ing alone, such as Safewalk and
Northwalk - night-time services
that provide free escorts for students.
Safewalk is a student-run organi-
zation made up of 195 volunteers
who walk students anywhere within
a 20-minute radius of the Diag.
Students are walked by teams of ei-
ther two women or one man and one
woman, so that women don't feel as
apprehensive as they might if
walked by two men.
For those students who don't
want to walk at all, the University
also provides the Nite Owl Bus
Service, a free shuttle bus that runs
two routes around campus. Nite
Owls leave from the Undergraduate
Library and make periodic pick-ups
from a number of locations.
While these facilities prove to be
very useful to many students, both
Safewalk and the Nite Owl stop
service before 3 a.m.
"I really don't have an answer
about what to do after that time,"
Baisden said. "I wouldn't necessarily
the city. "We don't want you to be
paranoid," she said. "The idea is to
be conscientious and aware."
Akouri stressed that all personal
safety should become an uncon-
scious effort, and should automati-
cally be built into the daily routine.
"Demeanor has a big impor-
tance," she said. "Someone who
portrays themself as frightened or
frail will be more apt to be a target.
A person's attitude needs to say, 'I
will not let you get near me."'
Ponce in riot gear survey the streets.
City streft an site fr @
by Lauren Dormer
Daily Staff Reporter
meetings and key athletic events
brought large crowd intoA e streets
of Ann Arbor this :ea often caus-
ing conflict between police and
Violence erupted during the two
University Board of Regents' public
hearings - called to discuss the
transfer of authority over the
University's police force from the
Washtenaw County Sheriff to the
regents - when protesters were
denied entrance into the hearing.
Fights broke out between officers
and protesters, resulting in a number
of arrests and formal complaints
filed by students against the police.
But seemingly less controversial
events, such as football and basket-
ball games, also caused student
gatherings and police dissatisfaction.
Early during the day of the Notre'
Dame football game, fans of both"
teams converged in the street, and
police used teargas to dispel the
crowd before any injuries or prop-
erty damage could take place.
The debate among students, po-
lice, and city officials that followed
the use of the chemical did not cease
with the end of the football season.
As the Wolverine men's basket-
ball team successfully progressed to
the Final Four tournament, memories
of a riot that followed the 1989'
NCAA Championship - which re-
sulted in $100,000 worth of property
damage - prompted the Ann Arbor
'Police Department to prepare in ad-
vance for the tournament.
But while these preparations suc-
ceeded in maintaining control after
the Wolverines' victory in the Final
Four, they did not prevent a riot -
and another police use of teargas -
following the loss of the Cham-x
As police, mounted on horses,
tried to dispel a rowdy crowd on
South University, eyewitnesses said
rioters taunted the force, slapped the'
horses, and tugged at the officers.
Police Chief Douglas Smith said
the decision to use teargas was made
when officers became targets and
began to get injured.
Student reaction to the use of the'
chemical was mixed: some said they
believed it was justified, while oth-@
ers said the violence did not begin
until police officers fired the canis-
ters of gas into the crowd.
Another event that is quite infa-'
mous for arrests at the University is
Hash Bash, the pro-legalization rally
sponsored by the National Or-
ganization to Reform Marijuana
Laws that traditionally takes place
during the first week of April.
Forty people - only a few of
whom were students - were ar-
rested at Hash Bash on charges of'
possession of marijuana, carrying
concealed weapons, alcohol viola-
tions, and selling on University
property without a permit. The num-
ber was up from last year's approx
imately 25 arrests.
And these specific events are not
the only instances where students
got in trouble with the police.
More ordinary activities, such as
fraternity parties, were also subject
to an increased effort by police to
crackdown on underaged drinking.
and noisy parties.
Officers of the Ann Arbor Police;
Department, both in uniform and
undercover, broke up parties and
took punitive action - ranging from;
noise violations to serving alcohol to
minors - against students respon
sible for fraternity and private house
KENNEI H SMOLLE:R/Ualy
An Ann Arbor police officer handcuffs Renuka Uthappa after arresting her for
trespassing in a vacant office building. Uthappa, a member of the Homeless Action
Committee, was involved in a protest.
ANDREW M. LEVY/IDaily Graphic
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say do not walk alone at night, but if
you're going to be out after dark, try
to be aware of your surroundings
and take precautions - walk down
lighted streets or near areas with
Throughout the past few years,
the University has improved lighting
on campus and accessibility to
emergency telephones. Central
Campus now has about 40 phones
directly connected to the DPS office
that automatically alert officers to
the location of the caller.
Adele Akouri, a crime prevention
specialist at the Ann Arbor Police
Department, said living in fear is not
the solution to protecting yourself in
While this advice seems like a
good preventative measure to take in
Ann Arbor, many parents and stu-
dents still opt to add a canister of
Army-surplus tear gas and martial
arts lessons to their college shopping
But most crime prevention ex-
perts discourage any chemical sprays
because they can be dangerous.
Issari said sprays are not recom-
mended because there is no pre-
dictability as to whether they will
work, and no guarantee that the wind
won't blow the chemical back in the
Experts do recommend carrying
devices that make noise, such as
whistles, alarms, and sirens in order
to draw attention to a dangerous sit-
uation and to deter a perpetrator.
Self-defense programs - such as
Tae Kwondo offered at the Central
Campus Recreation Building - are
another option for students to learn
skills and philosophies useful in per-
sonal safety and crime prevention.
"I'm taking the class for self-de-
fense so I can walk anywhere at any
time and feel safe," said LSA junior
But some experts expressed con-
cern that students become over-con-
fident in their abilities and get a false
sense of reassurance.
The most common opinion of ex-
perts speaking about the basic meth-
ods of protecting yourself against
crime are echoed in Isssari's advice:
"Think ahead, be alert, and be pre-
pared - this is one of the best self-
defense tactics. And no matter where
you are, trust your instincts."
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