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Local police urge caution after recent increase in crime

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With increased crime this year, University Police urges students to take caution.

Compared to 2014 statistics, College Station has seen a spike in crime numbers since the start of 2015. In August, Lt. Steve Brock of the College Station Police Department said there has specifically been a spike in burglaries of vehicles and a slight increase in the number of aggravated assaults since January. While the reason for these increases is unclear, Brock said College Station residents should take precautions around town for their safety. 

Lt. Allan Baron of the University Police Department said students on campus especially should take steps to ensure safety. Baron gave The Battalion some tips on how to stay safe on campus and avoid dangerous encounters. 

In addition to these tips, the UPD urges students to follow the UPD on Twitter and Facebook for local crime updates. In the event of an emergency, dial 911 from off-campus locations or from a cell phone, and 9-911 from any on-campus phone. UPD can be reached for a non-emergency situation at 979-845-2345.

 

UPD’S TOP 10 CAMPUS SAFETY TIPS: 

1. All college students must be aware that criminal acts can and do occur on a college campus.

2. Students should be mindful of their personal safety and should never walk alone if they have concerns regarding their safety.

3. All students are encouraged to utilize the Corps of Cadet Escort Service, shuttle buses or friends to avoid walking alone.

4. When walking, avoid isolated areas. Don’t take short cuts through dark areas or parking lots.

5. Vehicle burglaries are common in college communities.  Always park your vehicle in well-lit areas.  Students should remember to lock their vehicle, take their keys and hide their belongings.

6. Personal property such as bicycles, computers, calculators and other valuable property should be engraved or marked with your drivers license number and the serial number recorded.

7. If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in a responsible manner. Have a designated driver or utilize Carpool.

8. Subscribe to Code Maroon for local campus safety updates.

9. Refer to the back of your student ID for important emergency numbers.

10. If you see something, say something! Report suspicious activity.

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