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How students can use Syracuse University’s annual security report to stay safe

By Rachel Hoffman SYRACUSE, NEW YORK (NCC News)–Syracuse University released its annual security report,  on September 29, 2017.  It reviews and compares specific crime rates between the years 2014 to 2016.  Many have noticed that in 2016, some numbers have increased in incidents such as: on-campus burglaries, drug and liquor law violations and, rape.  However, included in the 85-page report are numerous ways students can educate themselves on how to prevent and protect themselves in these instances.

Castle Court is an off-campus apartment building at SU, where many students have reported break-in and burglaries over the past semester.

Castle Court is an off-campus apartment building at SU, where many students have reported break-ins and burglaries over the past Fall 2016 semester.

The Department of Public Safety included step-by-step guidelines on how to reduce your victim profile, such as: locking all doors and windows, walking in groups of thereof more around campus, and never leaving personal items unattended.

Similarly, there are a handful of classes that students can take to help better prepare themselves for the unknown.  Classes such as “Rape Aggression Defense” or “R.A.D” is a class that helps women learn self-defense techniques to use in specific situations. DPS also provides “General Crime Prevention” presentations upon request.

DPS’s Chief Bobby Maldonado says, “Creating an environment of safety and trust is central to the educational mission of the University and it is vital to fostering a community where diverse social, cultural and academic values are free to develop and prosper.”

Although numbers have shown an increase over the past three years, DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado says that the campus remains a “very safe place for the thousands of people who work or live here to visit”.