TOPEKA – (March 17, 2011) – Attorney General Derek Schmidt, along with the Riley County and Lawrence police departments, is encouraging Kansas students to be safe during spring break. Many schools across the state will be out of session next week, including the University of Kansas and Kansas State University.
“In the past, we have seen increases in crime surrounding university breaks,” Schmidt said. “We encourage students and community members to be especially alert and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement.”
Law enforcement has announced a connection between 13 sexual assaults occurring during breaks from school in Lawrence and Manhattan. The last connected crime occurred in December 2008.
Law enforcement agencies are working to proactively identify criminal offenders and educate the public on how to avoid being victimized. Through coordination, law enforcement hopes to reduce the opportunity for criminal activity during this spring break.
To report crimes in progress call 911. For non-emergency assistance in Manhattan call (785) 537-2112 and in Lawrence call (785) 832-7509. Rewards for information leading to an arrest may be available through Crime Stoppers by calling (785) 539-7777 in Manhattan and (785) 843-TIPS in Lawrence.