SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News) – Over the past week, there has been a sudden increase in burglaries of student housing outside of Syracuse University’s campus. Areas such as South Campus, and the neighborhoods along Euclid Ave are among the areas affected.
The rise in burglaries has students being extra careful when leaving their residencies. Syracuse University junior Ben Schiller describes these break-ins to be “alarming” as a student living off-campus.
“Making sure when you walk out the door that your door is actually locked, when you leave your car in your driveway making sure your car is double locked,” Schiller said.
The rise in burglaries proves to be a problem not only in the outer university area, but in neighborhoods in close proximity to campus. Syracuse resident Logan Demetros believes the burglaries are starting to “spread out” to the Meadowbrook neighborhood where he lives.
“We had a group of guys walking house to house checking car doors like a little while ago other than that there’s not too much more I feel like this could be the start of it moving out farther,” Demetros said.
In a campus-wide email to SU students on Saturday, the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS) stated that three burglaries took place in 24 hours on South Campus.
Additionally in their email, DPS sent out a list of safety recommendations. Such examples include: making sure all doors and windows are locked and avoiding leaving keys in plain sight.
For more information on how to prevent break-ins, students can visit the Department of Public Safety website.