Well, 2 VCU students were shot in Jackson Ward this weekend, during a holdup. Sadly, this (the hold up) is not an unheard of act in that area. Wherever you decide to live near VCU, educate yourself on how to be safe. When I was a VCU student, the campus cops sometimes held seminars about crime prevention and how to be street smart. Look into things like that because, sadly, crime does not stay within any one neighborhood's limits downtown. Folks who look for victims look around college campuses because they perceive students to be "rich," to have expensive electronics and such, and to be off-guard because they are partying or just naive. Teach yourself how not to be a victim and good luck!