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If you’ve ever left a textbook, phone or laptop unattended and thought it was lost forever, fear not.

The Alamo Colleges police force is here to help.

One of the department’s recent WIGS, or Wildly Important Goals, is to reunite students with their lost belongings and prevent them from being lost in the first place.

Their goal is to increase the rate of found property returned to owners from 31 to 33 percent by the end of the year.

Be sure to check out their lost-and-found website at www.alamo.edu/main.aspx?id=49949 or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alamocollegespd?fref=ts.

While some students may be lucky and find lost items on the website, prevention is the best answer.

The Facebook page offers several helpful tips.

For example, there has been an increase of bicycle thefts on this campus.

The Alamo Colleges Police Department suggests using a reliable lock and registering bikes at any campus police office or going online to www.alamo.edu/district/police/forms/ and clicking on “Bicycle Registration Form.”

If you have your backpack with you, keep one of the straps looped around your leg while you are sitting so you won’t get up and forget it’s there.

Police also will call students who have labeled their lost belongings.

Most property has no identifying marks, so be sure to label each one of your school supplies so it may be returned to you if lost.

It’s good to know that the Alamo Colleges police are making it a priority to return missing items.

Let’s help them out by claiming them — or not losing them in the first place.

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