UCPD officers will step up patrols and take extra precautions following a string of armed robberies on the east side of campus over the past two weeks.
Four armed robberies and one assault with a deadly weapon occurred on Gayley Road near the Foothill Residence Hall and Stern Hall between April 27 and May 7, according to UCPD crime logs.
“We are investigating … all the different robberies on Northside in general,” said UCPD spokesperson Lt. Eric Tejada. “We are going to step up plain clothes- and undercover-type patrols and have targeted patrols in (the Gayley Road) area.”
On May 4 around 9:34 p.m., two UC Berkeley students were walking on Gayley Road when both were shot by a paintball gun when suspects driving by in a black sedan allegedly fired at them from the passenger window. Neither victim needed medical attention, according to the UCPD crime alert.
At around 10:34 p.m. on the same night, three UC Berkeley students were robbed in front of Stern Hall.
The most recent armed robbery on Gayley occurred Monday night around 8:10 p.m. in front of the Greek Theatre when a victim’s laptop was taken, according to a UCPD crime alert.
Deepika Bhatnagar, a freshman who lives in the Foothill Residence Hall, said she feels that Foothill is safe relative to the other units on Southside.
“I tend to not walk around by myself ever since it’s Berkeley — you never know what’s going to happen,” Bhatnagar said. “No one I know has been robbed or anything, so because of that, I don’t feel threatened.”
Tejada said he advises students to use the BearWALK service the campus provides at night and to use better judgement when walking alone at night.
“Many times it involves people talking on their cell phone or (being asked) to use a cell phone,” he said. “Don’t have a cell phone out or ear buds in both ears, and use good judgement if something doesn’t feel right in an area where there aren’t many people around.”
Anjuli Sastry is an assistant news editor.