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Police provide student safety tips following reported attack at UNLV

Students at UNLV are on alert after a reported attack on campus.

The attack happened Tuesday night when a female student was walking across a campus parking lot near Harmon Ave, according to the UNLV Police Department.

The attacker grabbed the student by her shoulders, pulled her backwards and hit her, police said.

Fortunately the student was able to escape, but so did the attacker.

Campus police say they will now increase patrols as investigators comb through surveillance camera video in hopes a clear image of the attacker will emerge.

They also warn students should stay vigil while walking around at night and to stick together.

"As the year progresses, it's getting darker earlier, so I would also remind them in terms of traveling on campus it's be better in pairs and if they see something, say something, doesn't matter what," said Asst. Chief Jeffrey Green of the UNLV Police Department. "That's why we're here, to respond."

Authorities also want to remind students there are dozens of emergency call boxes around campus.

The boxes have a blue light on top which make them visible at night. The units are connected directly to the UNLV police dispatch center.

In addition to the boxes, police recommend all students program the department's number into their cell phones. The number is (702) 895-3669.

If a student dials 911 from a non-campus phone, the call is routed to Metro which is then rerouted to UNLV police dispatch. This creates another step in an emergency situation which could add costly minutes to the response time.

Finally, police say students can use the security escort program by calling (702) 895-3668, ext. 2. This will provide students with a security escort to any location on campus.

Police describe the attack as a seemingly random incident.