The email inboxes of GW students have recently been filled with Crime Alerts reporting robberies and attempted robberies in the Foggy Bottom area.
According to Inspector Mark Balazik of the University Police Department, the increase in robberies can be attributed to the suffering economy. People are feeling the pressure of money problems and thus resorting to larceny. But it is not just the people feeling this stress; prisons can no longer afford to keep individuals locked up unnecessarily, and therefore more people are being paroled.
Avoid becoming a target. Inspector Balazik recommends that students do NOT talk on cell phones for security when walking alone, or walk around listening to their iPods. Look around you, and be aware of anyone acting suspiciously. Balazik says to make eye contact to appear more confrontational – people who are looking to steal will look for people who are distracted, or not going to put up a fight. And don’t forget to listen to WRGW News to give you the latest on campus crime and crime prevention.
- Jenn Neuner