New safety shuttle service for Bradley students

By Beau Ebenezer

November 28, 2012 Updated Nov 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Bradley University Police Department has launched its new escort service with the "Hilltop Safety Cruiser."

Its a new shuttle-van for students to get them to and from class, avoiding the cold and possible danger.

"I have a lot of friends that live in St. James and walking back from their gets a little creepy, so knowing I can call the service and have them drive me back is nice to know," said student Leah Sundheim.

"Bradley kind of has the rap of not really being that great of an area, so just having that security precaution around has been good," said student Drew Giles.

After tracking previous escort usage over the past years, officials said the new safety cruiser is the right step in ensuring campus safety.

"When they are alone, we encourage them to call our escort service or one of our officers and have them give them a ride. And we've seen an increase in the last couple of years, so we decided to launch this program" said Bradley University Chief of Police Brian Joschko.

Although many students are all for the free service that runs from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. every night of the week, some still have doubts of the inevitable crime that surrounds the area.

"The university is doing what it needs to to keep us safe. Your still going to have those muggings and your still going to have burglaries. That's just life and part of the area," said student Allen Ghareeb.

Students need is their student I.D. to use the service and they can either flag down the shuttle like a taxi, or have it pick them by calling 309-677-2800.

About 30 riders used the service in the first night of operation.

Campus employee drivers say they will even pick up intoxicated students as long as they are coherent.

This they say will also help safety by eliminating drunk drivers.

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