Safety at FSU an increased concern due to attempted abductions

Most recent attempted abduction happened 2 blocks from campus


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Parents from around the state and around the country are sending their kids off to college, and at Florida State University safety is an increased concern because of a recent string of attempted abductions.

The attempted abduction is the latest in a string of seven that have happened in Leon County in the past six months.

It's move-in day at Florida State. Daniel Bryan is helping his stepdaughter get settled in. But he'll go back to New Jersey where they live, so his stepdaughter staying safe is a priority.

"She has a pretty good head on her shoulders, but we can never emphasize safety too much," Bryan said.

Florida State police and Tallahassee law enforcement are investigating a recent string of attempted abductions. The latest one may be the most concerning. It happened in broad daylight.

The most recent attempted abduction happened this past Wednesday two blocks from campus.

Maj. Jim Russell of FSU police spoke to parents about campus safety during an orientation Friday morning.

"It's a college environment and you have really nice people with a common goal, but there's criminals out there, too," Russell said.

Andrew Grant was in attendance. He and his wife are going back to London and won't be able to monitor their son as often as some parents, but they're not worried.

"It's not a concern to be perfectly honest, hearing that presentation makes it even less of a concern," Grant said.

Russell said students and parents can use simple tips to try and stay safe.

"Not walking alone at night, avoiding isolation, staying in well lit areas. All those things that we all do, make sure you put those in place here, too, on campus and around campus if you happen to live off campus," Russell said.

The new semester for Florida State starts Monday.