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Connects Against Crime: UI Police Warning Students of Campus Theft

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- University of Iowa students are constantly on the go.

"I make sure that I am always walking with someone," says Jessica Dickman.

Whether it's during normal class hours or a little later a night.

"People out here are generally nice people," says Nick Waite. 

But according to campus police there's a NOT so NICE statistic making the rounds across campus.

"Theft is a problem everywhere and it will continue to be a problem," says University Crime Prevention Officer Alton Poole. 

Since the start of the fall semester there's been roughly 57 reports of theft, burglary or robbery.
The most common items stolen are bikes, computers, and phones.
The most recent incident just this past Monday when a student had money stolen when she left her backpack alone.

Campus Police say students may be way to comfortable because often times the thefts happen, because bags are often tossed to the side and left unattended.

"It only takes a second for someone to walk by and pick up your belongings and walk away with it," Poole said. 

It's a mistake Jessica Dickman has made one too many times. 

"I've gotten a lot of things stolen in the past and finally I'm realizing to take more precautions about it," Dickman said. 

Police want everyone to think smart when moving about campus.
A robber could be lurking waiting for you to let your security guard down. Connects Against Crime: UI Police Warning Students of Campus Theft


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