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WIU Public Safety officials say they're working to make campus safer

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More reaction to Western Illinois University being ranked as the 20th most dangerous college in America by an online journal.

To find the full Business Insider report as well as our story with reaction from students, click here.

WIU's Public Safety Director says it's a surprise that they made the list, but they are taking steps to improve student safety.

Scott Harris says burglaries are down by 25 percent this year, due in part to new initiatives to remind students to lock their dorm rooms.

Harris says because students are always connected to the internet, his office is now constantly posting important safety information online.

And he says students never have to walk alone.

"One of the programs that we have is an escort program where if a student is studying late or any point going from point A to point B and feels uncomfortable, they can give us a call and we will have an escort for them," said Harris.

Harris says they are now looking at any patterns in crime reports to see what they can do to reduce them.

"I'm looking at charting, setting some charts up so I can get a better picture. But overall, WIU is safe. Can we make it safer? Absolutely. Are we going to make it safer? Absolutely," said Harris.

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