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Written by Cheryl Justis
Perhaps because Tallahasee is such a friendly town, people tend to take for granted that serious crimes rarely ever happen. Still, the University's Office of Safety and Security has done everything possible to ensure that the campus is extremely safe. Emergency phones are attached to blue light posts all around campus and the Safety and Security Shuttle allows students who feel either unsafe to walk or are too inebriated to drive from running into trouble. Most female students admit to feeling very safe when they walk across campus late at night, especially because all paths and streets tend to be well lit and clear of huge bushes or trees. All dorms require ID cards to enter, and as a result, many students don't always feel the need to lock their doors.
One of the main problems that occurs on campus is theft, mostly in places like Strozier Library or the Student Life Building, where students often leave their belongings unattended for long periods of time. Safety and Security officers generally do a very good job of tracking down stolen items, and for the most part, students tend not to steal from other students. Even so, Safety and Security encourages students to register their bicycles with the school in case they are stolen and then turn up a week later somewhere in town-as has been known to happen before.
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