ALBANY, N.Y. -- A man is behind bars after police say he attempted to abduct two women right outside of the University at Albany campus, and the schools police force is working to ensure students feel safe.
Police are making their presence known in the area where they say 54-year old Anthony Collins tried to kidnap two women, one at knife point, at a bus stop on the corner of Western Avenue in Albany. He pleaded not guilty in Albany City Court to felony Kidnapping and misdemeanor Menacing and Criminal Possession of a Weapon charges on Wednesday morning.
"We still have an increase in patrol on alumni quad we are sending a lot of information to students faculty and staff remember because this is a community here not just students given them information about what we have done and how things stand at this point in time," says University Police Inspector Aran Mull.
He says the campus was ranked one of the safest in the country, 9 times safer on campus than the surrounding areas. He says the school is proactive in telling students what to do in case of an emergency.
"During orientation we ask all the students to program that number right there because we know they always have the cell phones with them," he says.
But in this particular incident, the victims involved did not contact police. Mull says this inhibits them from acting quickly and can affect the investigation of any case. He also tells students to be aware, because this alone can save your life.
Another tip is to walk in groups, especially at night. Police say the risk of being attacked is reduced by 80 percent if you are with another person.