With the start of the fall semester, Morehead State University’s Police Department offers this advice to the campus community: be aware of your surroundings and take the necessary precautions to avoid loss of your belongings.
“It is not uncommon to see an increase in crime at this time of year,” said MSU Police Chief Merrell J. Harrison. “On the campus, everyone is busy with the start of the year activities and often fail to adhere to the safety rules that they usually follow.”
Purses, wallets, cell phones, iPads, gaming systems and textbooks are among the items that are reported missing most often.
Students, as well as faculty and staff, are urged to take all necessary measures to secure and protect personal belongings in residence halls, offices and vehicles, in addition to office equipment and other vulnerable items.
According to MSUPD, people should always be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
“We want to remind you to take the extra time to secure items in the trunk or under the seat before leaving your automobile,” Chief Harrison said. “The threat of a break-in is reduced if your belongings are not visible. Remember to lock your vehicle before leaving it in the parking area.”
University police remind students to also practice safety in the residence halls:
Make sure your door is locked when leaving your room, even if you are only going next door. It takes less than 10 seconds for a thief to enter an open room and steal property.
Do not leave messages on phones or computer accounts, indicating how long you will be away or when you expect to return.
Follow the safety in numbers rule when going out at night and arrange to go with friends/roommates. It is a good practice to scan your surroundings whether walking on campus, traveling by automobile or enjoying a shopping excursion.
Call and request the MSU student shuttle at 606-783-TRIP from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. to get a ride from outlying parking lots to your residence hall.
Download and utilize the free LiveSafe Mobile App from the Apple iTunes or Google Play store. The LiveSafe campus safety app enables a two-way communication system between students and campus police, lets you invite your friends to virtually watch you walk back to your residence hall (Safety Walk) and provides emergency resources and campus maps.
Do not leave valuables or property (purses, backpacks, books, personal identification, etc.) visible in or around the office or living area.
Keep emergency numbers by the phone. Call 911 to report any suspicious person or activity.
Take the time to be aware of your surroundings and any unusual activity.
Wear seatbelts and ensure your passengers do as well. It’s the law and it could save your life.
Do not drink and drive.
During the fall, MSUPD will be conducting traffic checkpoints at various locations.