The fall semester is about to begin, bringing students into Boston and other New England venues. They’ll be fair game for thieves looking to make a quick profit.
These young students, some away from home for the first time, are likely to be informal about security and less than diligent in securing their premises, and crooks respond accordingly. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2016, there were 12,000 burglaries on-campus — which represents 42 percent of all criminal incidents on campuses or at post-secondary institutions.
Light Security = Student Thefts
Not that thieves must wait until autumn classes are in session. Just last July, the Boston University newspaper noted a rash of fraternity house burglaries in Boston’s Kenmore Square area, near Boston University’s east campus. The thieves entered the occupants’ rooms in the frat houses and lifted bikes, laptops, wallets, a PlayStation and electronic gear. As the article explained, “The fraternity houses frequently sublet rooms during the summer months, and security can be lax.”
Students have a hard time with their finances without having to cope with robbery, too. Besides tuition and room and board, books and various school supplies alone can run students $1,168 annually, says a Forbes columnist. Factor in theft, and that can put a major hole in a young scholar’s budget — and the loss of a laptop can be an irreplaceable problem.
Protect Your Student!
- Leave expensive objects at home. If you have precious items that are of nostalgic or other personal value, don’t bring them.
- Don’t bring the functionally irreplaceable. When it comes IDs and other documents, bring only what you need — i.e., keep the driver’s license and leave the Social Security card behind.
- Make an inventory of items taken to school. This can involve a photo or a checklist that can be reviewed at school year’s end.
- Don’t share a dorm access pass with anyone. Passes have a way of getting around.
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