Two Duke University administrators sent an electronic note to all students Wednesday saying that university police and contract security guards have doubled their presence on the school's Central Campus in the wake of an armed robbery earlier in the day.
Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta and Vice President for Administration Kyle Cavanaugh also said in the statement that the university has recently worked with the city to put more lights where Erwin Road, which fronts the Central Campus where the road goes under the Durham Freeway, NC 147.
The two noted that in recent years, Duke also has trimmed shrubbery in the Central Campus area to make activity more visible, added fences in some places and changed the locks on student apartments.
A female student was held up at gunpoint near one of the apartment buildings on Wednesday shortly after midnight. She told police that two men then fled in an SUV.
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She was not hurt.
“Thankfully, no one was injured, but events like these, while rare at Duke, contribute to a sense of anxiety on campus. We want you to know that your safety is our first and foremost concern, and we have already taken additional steps to help ensure your safety,” Moneta and Cavanaugh said.