TEMPE, Ariz. -- As Tempe police and Maricopa County sheriff's deputies begin saturation patrols through the Arizona State University area, a father personally affected by crime is lending his support.
"It certainly can't hurt," Daniel Marco told 3TV.
Marco's son, Zachary, was killed in 2010 while walking home from the library. A man stole his laptop and shot him.
A series of violent crimes followed on and around the campus.
"The students need to keep in mind there's going to be a segment of society out there that'll stalk them," Marco said. "My son was stalked and attacked from behind."
Marco said saturating the area with officers could help drive criminals out.
"They come where there's prey and there are 80,000 prey here," Marco said.
Marco does not want students to live in fear, but hopes they become more aware of their surroundings as they walk around campus.
"You just can't convince them that out of the 80,000, they'll be the one whose laptop is taken and they're shot in the chest," he said.