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U of M working on public safety

MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota officials say they are instituting several initiatives to promote safety on and near the Twin Cities campus.

A number of recent crimes, especially dealing with smartphone and computer thefts, prompted the actions.

"We are implementing a wide-ranging approach that addresses immediate concerns and begins necessary, long-term security enhancements to the Twin Cities campus," University President Eric Kaler said.

The university will continue to inform those on campus about safety concerns while officials are looking into expanding personal safety workshops and improving ways to assist victims. University transportation options will be expanded in hopes that students will be safer than walking through the campus and nearby neighborhoods.

Some outdoor lighting fixtures will be switched from yellow to brighter white bulbs.

Also, access to some buildings will be restricted.