Criminal incident at Vander Veer Park

A St. Ambrose student was assaulted while jogging in Vanderveer Park on March 23 at 10:00 a.m.

College students tend to feel a sense of security around their campus, and there is no reason they shouldn’t. College campuses including St. Ambrose University have security in each building and patrolling on and off-campus.
As it starts to get nicer out, students walk, run and jog around the city park, Vander Veer. Being so close to campus it seems to be a safe place to get their daily exercise, but now students have to be more aware of their surroundings.
On March 23 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a female student reported being assaulted while jogging in Vander Veer Park. The alleged assailant was described as a white male, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, small body frame, unshaven facial hair, and wearing baggy jeans and a gray sweatshirt.
St. Ambrose Security sent out a campus wide criminal notice report, describing the assailant and encouraging students to be safe.
Kelsey Schraeder, junior at St. Ambrose, is going to start to take better precautions when she goes to Vander Veer Park.
“When I go in the park I am going to bring a friend, because things are always better in numbers,” she said. “I would be more concerned if it was on campus.”
Even though the assault was not located on the SAU campus, the Davenport Police Department and SAU Security have been taking this matter seriously and are currently investigating.
The Davenport Police Department stated that there hasn’t been any other incident relating to the assault in the area, but they are taking the necessary precautions to protect Davenport and the St. Ambrose students. Captain David Struckman stated that Davenport police have been “patrolling around that area.”
“I feel that it has been made a joke because of certain words in the email, but it is still a serious matter,” Schraeder said.
The incident shouldn’t be taken lightly no matter the way it was worded. While it is impossible to prevent all crime, both Davenport Police Department and SAU Security stress that there are ways you can prevent it.
Special procedures students can take include traveling in groups when possible, if you are going somewhere alone let someone know, always be aware of your surroundings, always carry a cell phone, and immediately report any suspicious activity to the police department or campus security.

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