Oct 17, 2013 |
In recognition of October as Crime Prevention Month, students can take their laptops, cellphones, eReaders or any object of value to the Safety & Security office and have them marked with an ultraviolet (UV) pen.
Officers will also register each item, entering information into a database to have for future reference.
Though the pen’s ink is invisible to the naked eye, simply shining an ultraviolet “blue” light over an object reveals the marking. With this low-cost initiative, Security officers can check for markings on objects that may have been stolen.
“We sent a couple of our officers to a crime prevention course over the summer,” said Vito Czyz, director of Safety & Security. “This is just one of many ideas.”
In recent years, the theft rate on St. Bonaventure’s campus has fallen between 20 and 30 instances each year, but with a recovery rate of less than 20 percent. Czyz would like to see the theft number fall to zero, creating no need for recovery.
“Hopefully this will serve as a crime deterrent,” Czyz said.
To further prevent on-campus crimes, Security will continue its initiative to increase camera coverage on campus, pending additional funding.
“Students just need to pay attention to where they’re leaving their valuable items,” Czyz said. “It only takes seconds for someone to take something.”
Students can have their valuables marked by crime prevention officers Jason Geise or Bill Hilliard year-round on any weekday from 3 to 11 p.m. in the Safety & Security office, Robinson 122.
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