National Night Out event to promote crime prevention awareness

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    TCU Police will host National Night Out on Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. in the Brown Lupton University Union.

    National Night Out (NNO) is a drug and crime prevention event that takes place all around the United States, according to the NNO website.

    NNO is designed to increase drug and crime prevention awareness and to strengthen the relationships between police and communities, according to the organization's website.

    NNO is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, which is a crime prevention organization that works with law enforcement agencies and crime prevention groups across the country, according to the organization's website.

    In order to avoid hot weather, Texas is the only state to participate in the event on October 2. All other states held NNO on Aug. 7, according to the website.

    Crime Prevention Officer Pam Christian said this is the third year NNO will take place at the university. Christian said she expects 200-300 students to attend.

    Although NNO usually takes place in neighborhoods, Christian said it is not hard to apply it to a college campus.

    “Officers will be on hand to give out any information we can to help make students wiser citizens about crime prevention,” Christian said.

    Christian said NNO also gives officers the chance to get to know the community a little better.

    Students should take the initiative to keep campus safe and to look out for each other, Christian said.

    Christian suggested checking in with roommates during the day, going out with a group and walking or running with another person.

    “Your safety first begins with you,” Christian said.

    According to the university’s crime statistics, vehicle burglary and other theft have the highest occurrence rates.

    Christian said those crimes are typical on college campuses because so many cars are left unattended.

    Personal safety tips for theft from Campus Police include:

    • Keep your door locked at all times, even when you are home.
    • Keep your valuables at your permanent home and out of sight.
    • Keep car doors locked at all times.
    • Park in well lit areas.
    • If you have a bicycle, secure it to a bike rack and register the bike with the TCU Police Department.