Lt. Joshua Mecimore, spokesperson for the Chapel Hill Police Department, said the department saw a 25 percent reduction in break-ins from last year and a 21 percent reduction over the last three years.
The department tracks break-ins from Dec. 12 to Jan. 8. Mecimore said there were 39 break-ins in the 2014-15 school year and 29 this year. Winter Break often sees a marked increase in break-ins for off-campus student residences.
Mecimore said not only extra officers on patrol, but student responsiveness to police advice explains the improvement. Things like turning a TV cardboard box inside out when you recycle it and locking doors and windows can significantly reduce the chances of losing a valuable item. Technology should also not be left in a residence for long periods of time.
Students who had their residences broken into over break mainly reported they didn’t lose anything of significant value because they followed police guidelines, Mecimore said.