EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMarshall Students Urged To Be Smart About Crime
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 21, 2013 5:10 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 21, 2013 10:58 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Marshall University students are moving back into their apartments and dorms this week and, with a new school year, comes the possibility of campus crimes.
Police want to remind students to be smart, even though the crime is down in Huntington. College aged students are a prime target. Police said larcenies are the big crime on campus. There about 100 thefts per school year.
"Be aware of surroundings,” Marshall University Police Chief Jim Terry said. “ Take care of your property. Can't leave anything lying around, or in their vehicles. Marshall University is relatively a safe place, and the city of Huntington's crime rates are dropping. It's all about awareness."
Terry released the annual security and safety report for crimes on or around campus in 2011.
It shows eight sex offenses, four robberies, two assaults one burglary and 140 larcenies. 55 students were caught abusing drugs. 173 were busted for drinking and four had weapons.
Police want to remind students to be smart.
Jackie Solak of Huntington said she is on guard.
“I carry mace with me everywhere I go,” she said. “We do buddy-buddy system. Don't go by ourselves. Especially in our society, girls aren't allowed to go by themselves. So, we text people and let them know when we're leaving and when we'll get there, so people will know where we're at.
Students are moving in this week. Classes start Aug. 26.
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