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Written by Jill Weiss
Security is definitely a prevalent problem at Rutgers University. Administration addresses the problems and tries to change procedures to keep up with the changes in the environment, but crime still plagues the University. RUPD says that the major crime on and off campus is theft, the same as the rest of American universities. Since New Brunswick is a city, and College Avenue is not an enclosed campus, it is important to take the same safety measures you would in any city. Never walk alone at night, even if you are a male, and look assertive when you are walking somewhere. On the other campuses, walk along major streets instead of shortcuts behind the dorms. It may take longer to get somewhere, but it is definitely a precaution all students should take.
While moving into Rutgers, keep an eye on your belongings. Everyone is moving in, so it is hard to recognize who shouldn't be there. In the past, computers, stereos, and other valuables were stolen during these days. Also, don't leave your things unoccupied in dining halls and student centers. Police are definitely seen around the campuses during the day, but they cannot see every single thing that goes on. Many students openly admit that they don't feel safe off campus and are extremely upset about how the RUPD do their jobs. RU Safety is often a controversial subject on campus, and e-mails reporting theft and other crimes fill students' Eden accounts while police ticket jaywalkers.
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