Yesterday on Ask the Chief, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said the last weekend's attacks on women are not related to last month's assault at Third and Market Streets. Still, police are stepping up their patrols heading into an expectedly busy weekend. With UNCW students back on campus, and Cape Fear students settling in, police expect it to be a busy weekend in downtown Wilmington. Many downtown bars are also taking the initiative to work alongside police to help keep their eyes and ears open to any disturbances or unusual activity. Most bars and clubs will have full time bouncers standing outside this weekend, alerting their patrons to never walk alone, and help them find safe rides to their destination. UNCW administrators are also warning students to drink responsibly, so they can be more alert and aware of their surroundings. Rebecca Caldwell, UNCW Substance & Violence Protection, said, "Students trusting their guts, reaching out when even they have just a funny feeling, and watching out for other students are all part of how we are going to help keep each other safe during these times. Whether there is a large community concern like there is right now, because we are very concerned about that as well." UNCW also provides students with taxi coupons to encourage them to get a safe ride back to campus. UNCW will be working alongside local police departments not just now, but throughout the year to make sure that Wilmington students are not only abiding by the laws of our city, but making smart and safe choices.
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