CLARIFICATION: An earlier version of this article stated that Chapel Ridge, Finley Forest Condos and PineGate were the most targeted apartment complexes for larceny in Chapel Hill. The article also singled out Collins Crossing Apartments in Carrboro as a place with a high frequency of larcenies. This was misleading as the data did not include burglaries or motor vehicle thefts and did not account for the size of the apartment complexes.
Students living around town should make sure to lock their doors and hide their valuables — theft is the most common crime in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
At the major apartment complexes, there were 160 cases of larceny in Chapel Hill last year and 95 in Carrboro.
“Keep your valuables with you and always lock the door,” said Josh Mecimore, public information sergeant for the Chapel Hill Police Department.
“If you’re putting it out there, you’re basically advertising them for stealing.”
In Chapel Hill, larceny in the major apartment complexes increased by 25 percent since 2011.
Last year in Carrboro, larceny dropped by about 22 percent.
Along with larceny, there are also many cases of automobile theft at apartment complexes: 25 in Chapel Hill last year and 22 in Carrboro.
University officials suggested that students research the safety of their potential off-campus housing options.