Police: take care to stop larcenies


In order to avoid larcenies on campus, ASU Police advise students to take precautions such as locking their doors to protect valuables and personal belongings. Photo by Halle Keighton | The Appalachian

Laney Ruckstuhl

Appalachian State University Police are urging students to be cautious in order to prevent larcenies, which have increased on campus this semester.

According to www.police.appstate.edu, there have been 39 larcenies since the beginning of the fall 2014 semester. This number exceeds the 24 burglaries reported and investigated on campus during the entire 2013 calendar year.

According to an email sent Oct. 28, ASU Police are trying their best to prevent larcenies on and near the university’s campus.

“During the holiday season, the number of larcenies increase due to students moving in and out of dormitories,” said ASU Police investigator Tina Dunn. “Students need to keep their doors locked and keep their belongings close to them at all times.”

Dunn said the number of larcenies per year is affected by the students attending the university and their safety habits.

“We have many students who leave dorm rooms unlocked, lockers unlocked and backpacks sitting unattended for significant amounts of time,” Dunn said. “Keeping your items safe is all about locking those items up in a secure, safe setting.”

ASU Police want to remind students to always secure their valuables when attending class or other functions, and to not leave valuables unattended.

Anyone with information regarding the recent larcenies or any other crime is encouraged to contact ASU Police any time at 828-262-2150, or submit anonymous reports at www.police.appstate.edu.

Story: Mary Wood, Intern News Reporter