A sharp increase of burglaries reported in residence halls throughout the last two years has students worried about losing their property to theft.
According to a recent report by the Department of Public Safety, there were only two cases of burglary in residence halls in 2009 and seven in 2010 — but in 2011, this number jumped to 22.
Department spokesman Randy Young said residence hall burglaries can be easily avoided if students lock their doors whenever they leave their rooms.
Most burglaries in residence halls occur when thieves take small amounts of property from empty and unlocked rooms, Young said.
“If students locked their room doors, we would have little to no larcenies at residence hall facilities,” said Rick Bradley, assistant director of assignments and communication for Housing and Residential Education.