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Reviews | Break-in issue at UC garage signals need for better security | Opinion

Garage on University Avenue.

When a college student chooses to live on or around campus, they usually make their decision thinking that they are choosing a safe and secure living space all around. However, this is not always the case. Recently, the University of Cincinnati (UC) has had many car break-ins, resulting in broken windows and stolen personal effects or money. It is obvious that these incidents cause distress to many students and need to be addressed because of the safety issues they present.

There have been numerous break-ins into university parking lots both on and around campus. After studying these incidents, the results conclude that UC hasn’t released much information regarding car break-ins lately, although they certainly do occur. The last time a case was thoroughly reported by The News Record appears to be in 2018, proving that the problem is persistent and likely to persist.

As a possible solution to start with, I think the university should consider using garage doors in campus parking lots, providing more protection to keep anyone out. For example, The edge, an off-campus housing option for UC students, has a garage door to the parking lot, and there have been no reports of break-ins to building residents this school year. At present, however, no garage under CPU property installed real garage doors.

Brenna Prem, a second-year communications design student, recently had her car broken into in the early morning hours at the Deacon parking lot, and it’s obvious that the perpetrators of these crimes have no limits as to what drives them to choose. their victims.

“My things were stolen, including my old Bearcat card and my high school ID card, both of which were hidden in the back compartments of my car,” she said. “I always make sure to hide everything in my car and never leave my personal items exposed for this reason.”

Overall, my opinion is clear – UC should stop sweeping these incidents under the rug. They need to be handled carefully or the rumors will continue to spread as many students continue to have their cars damaged. If there are many unrelated first-hand witnesses, the university will start to get a bad reputation.

Add garage doors to all campus-owned parking garages could be a good start to improving student safety in the community. Funding for this could be easily recouped by tuition fees, and many students might even be willing to pay extra if it is to improve their security. In my opinion, this is just the first step in making campus parking lots a more promising place that students can trust.