Safety tips discourage theft of property

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Maintain awareness of personal property to avoid the most common crime at this college.

By JENNIFER CORONADO

jcoronado60@alamo.student.edu

The most common crime reported at this college is the theft of unattended property, Sgt. Robert Tomlinson of district police said during an interview Oct. 3.

“We have had a few vehicle burglaries this fall,” Tomlinson said.

According to the campus police blotter, at this campus there have been 18 reports of theft, five of burglary of a vehicle and seven reports of damage to personal property this fall.

Chief Don Adams said victims often create a situation that invites the opportunity for theft.

There was one report of robbery and two of simple assault.

Students leave valuables on tables in Loftin, Tomlinson said.

Don’t leave property alone for any length of time, Adams said.

Tomlinson said the department has officers divided equally among the five Alamo Colleges.

The crime investigation division uses investigative tools to help students recover lost or stolen property, Tomlinson said.

“Theft happens all over campus,” Tomlinson said. “Maintain control of your property.”

In 2011 crime statistics, there were reports of one sex offense, one robbery, two aggravated assaults, 12 simple assaults, four cases of intimidation, 143 thefts, 11 motor vehicle thefts, 48 vandalism, three arrests for drug violations and one arrest for liquor law violations on campus.

Off campus there was one report of intimidation, 24 of theft, 20 of vandalism.

To view additional safety tips on personal safety and crime prevention, visit http://alamo.edu/district/police/.

Crime prevention tips:

• Be aware of your surroundings.

• Immediately report any suspicious people  to Alamo Colleges police.

• Use the “buddy” system when walking.

• Request an Alamo Colleges police safety  escort at 485-0099.

Contact Information:

Emergency Number: 210-222-0911

24-Hour Dispatch: 210-485-0099

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