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Ohio State News Alert: Police share tips to curb crime

Residential burglaries are on the rise in University District

The Ohio State University Police Division (OSUPD) is reminding students, faculty and staff to take precautions and lock doors and windows – especially at night.

The warning comes following a crime pattern in the immediate off-campus area known as the University District. The Columbus Division of Police (CPD) reports that residential burglaries are on the rise in the area, with a majority of suspects entering homes through unlocked doors and windows.

“Crime is never the fault of the victim,” said OSUPD Chief Kimberly Spears-McNatt. “We can all take steps to make it harder on criminals, protecting ourselves and our property.”

OSUPD and CPD actively patrol the area, including joint patrol with a visible presence of sworn police on bicycles. The university also has non-sworn security patrols in place using Buckeye Block Watch and Campus Service Officers.

Police recommend that Buckeyes take the following proactive steps (watch video):

  • Lock doors and windows. While housemates may come and go throughout the day, remind everyone to bring their keys so that you can secure your home.
  • Do not leave valuables, such as money, laptops or other electronics, in plain sight.
  • Do not let unknown people inside your house, apartment or residence hall.
  • Do not store car keys near your home’s entryways or in common areas.
  • Lock cars and do not leave keys, key fobs or other valuables inside.
  • Report suspicious activity, or stolen items, to police.

Off-campus, call CPD at 614-645-4545. On campus, reports can be made to OSUPD at 614-292-2121. Always dial 9-1-1 in emergencies.

Free window and door alarms and safety light timers are available for students at the Willie J. Young, Sr. Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement Office located in the Ohio Union. The office also offers personal safety devices for students that, when triggered, emit a loud noise.

The university offers an Off-Campus Community Crime Map that shows crime reports from CPD. The system also allows users to set up customized email alerts.

For additional safety resources, please visit the Department of Public Safety website.

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