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Buffalo Police are investigating a number of robberies and an assault this past weekend near the University at Buffalo's South Campus, cut students said the series of crimes doesn't have them concerned yet.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Police are investigating two robberies that happened Sunday morning near Winspear and Lisbon Avenues.

"I live in the Heights. I live in Northrup. That's right by Winspear," student Zeren Londah said. "It's not surprising because the Heights is a pretty dangerous area."

Police are also looking into an assault on three women coming from a house party in the area. Students at the University at Buffalo said they're not phased.

"A lot of the college kids, they all live around Winspear, Northrup, Lisbon," Jack Elliott said. "So a lot of the parties happen over there."

"I feel like there's always a police officer near by," Erik Rasmussen said. "Plus there's those towers you can push the buttons on."

UB students said they know the city's University Heights neighborhood has a reputation for being dangerous, but they choose to live there anyway.

"It's for financial issues, just because it's a lot cheaper than dorming," Londah said. "I'm living with my friends. It's great to have a house, live in a house with your close friends."

The University at Buffalo has reminded students to be vigilant of their surroundings, walk in groups when possible and try to use the public transportation available to them.

"Usually I'm with a group you know? I'm with at least three of four (people)," Elliott said. "I rarely ever walk by myself. I don't know if I've ever walked by myself here, especially around the weekend."

But at least one student said the neighborhood hasn't been as dangerous as advertised.

"I think it's gotten a lot better, like a bit better than before, because before you would hear of people getting stabbed and what-not and this robbing incident is the first thing I've heard of in like two weeks," Londah said.

Police are asking anyone with information on the crimes to call or text (716) 847-2255. They have not said yet whether students were intentional targets. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP