Thefts and burglaries have decreased on NMT campus

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The number of thefts and burglaries that occur on New Mexico Tech’s campus have decreased by 75 percent within the last five years.

According to Chief of Campus Police George Murillo, security on campus is more strict. The security on campus has improved over the last five years, he said, because there are more patrol and security officers on campus.

The patrol and security officers ride around in golf carts making sure that there are no suspicious activities going on. All officers make sure the campus provides a safe learning environment for all students 24 hours a day.

Murillo said security on campus has improved with the addition of more lights and surveillance cameras in buildings and parking lots. Recently, there have been no reports of thefts in classroom or stolen vehicles.

“We (police officers) encourage students to keep valuables with them at all times,” Murillo said.

During the school year, the most stolen items have been laptops taken from classrooms, and there have been a few room burglaries.

The most common occurrences of crime are car thefts as well as car stereos and registrations, the chief said. When it comes to concerns regarding theft or burglaries, students and professors are encouraged to report to campus police if they know of anything or see anything suspicious.

“We strongly suggest vehicles are locked, remove anything of value and park in a well lighted area,” Murillo said.

There are a total of four security officers — two regular security officers who make citations and two patrol officers who take action when problems or any suspicious activities occur.

If a student has a night class or other safety concerns, there are safe rides available to all students. Students can request a safe ride from a certified officer to make sure they make it to their dorms, house or parking lot safely.

Murillo said more females than males use the safe ride system.

During fall school hours, there are usually six safe ride escorts requested by students to be taken to vehicles or dorms during the week.

Students who drink off campus are allowed to take safe rides from bars to their dorms or houses to make sure they arrive safe.

Murillo said alcohol has been a common occurrence on campus, but officers have regular meetings with residential assistants who check dorms and make sure there is no alcohol in dorm rooms.

Campus security officers also work with Socorro police depending on the situation, but they both make sure students and the citizens of Socorro are always safe, Murillo said.