Salt Lake Community College is known for its technical training programs, interactive classes and affordable tuition. However, SLCC is also no stranger to crime.
The latest Annual Crime Awareness and Security Report indicates that while theft is the highest occurring crime on campus, the amount of thefts has decreased.
“I think a lot of that is attributed to proactive policing; we have upped our bike patrols [and] we try to teach people how to deter crime,” says Lt. Jeff Willmore of the Utah Highway Patrol.
According to the report, 71 larceny theft incidents occurred at Taylorsville Redwood Campus, the most of any campus. The total is down from 109 thefts two years prior.
Awareness is key to crime prevention
SLCC Enrollment Services provide a Disclosure of Consumer Information email once a year sent out to every BruinMail account. The disclosure keeps students informed of not only tuition charges and financial aid, but also gives general safety information under the Crime Awareness report.
The report has the phone number of the parking lot escort service, SLCC policy on sexual assault and rape awareness, and crime prevention programs and workshops.
SLCC public safety director Shane Crabtree encourages students to “form a partnership between you and the officers and employees who serve you.”
Protect yourself and your belongings
Lt. Willmore says students can do simple things to protect their belongings.
“First and foremost, understand that 70% of crime at SLCC are property crimes. Don’t leave your property unattended, make sure your windows are rolled up; it’s better to have a hot car than your smartphone or tablet gone.”
As bicycles become a popular target for thieves, students need to secure them properly.
“We are focusing a lot more on bicycle thefts,” says Lt. Willmore. “We recommend a heavy duty U-shaped lock, we’ve never had a theft with that kind of lock.”
Students can also use the school’s free registration service to give police a better chance at recovering a stolen bike.
Lt. Willmore stresses the importance of being vigilant.
“Criminals look for crimes of opportunity; crimes can happen anywhere, anytime.”