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As college students head back to class police remind them to stay safe

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It's that time again.  College students are moving back to school and they're anxious to start the new school year.  Notre Dame Senior Mark Coyne said, "it's always exciting."  And Quinlan Meaney said, "I literally can't believe it's coming so soon. "

South Bend Police are taking this time to remind students to stay safe.  A tip for all those students who just moved in and are unpacking?  Police say, "Don't put boxes out for the trash that advertises your property. The box that your laptop or big-screen TV came in is an attention getter."  Also, "Travel in groups. Do not walk home alone after dark on a deserted street or alley. Travel only on well-lit, main thoroughfares and with a few friends."  That's one that Notre Dame Students say they already follow.  Anne Marie Schwendler said, "every time we go out we have to be careful to make sure we know where we're going."

There's more advice.  Police also say, "If you are living off-campus develop a group of trusted neighbors and start your own small neighborhood watch group...Keep your residence looking 'lived-in'. Keep lights on and curtains or blinds closed at night...Always keep your doors and windows locked and if you have a garage, keep it closed...Don't leave backpacks, electronics or shopping bags where they are visible in your vehicle."

Because no one wants the excitement of a new school year to be ruined by a crime.

Police are also reminding people that they can check crime statistics in their neighborhood online.  Just visit https://www.crimereports.com/

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