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Towson Students On High Alert After Recent String Of Burglaries

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TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Crimes off-campus. Baltimore County Police investigate a series of burglaries near Towson University.

Linh Bui reports they have an urgent message for students.

According to police, the string of burglaries happened during the month of April and most of them could have been prevented.

Towson University students are shaken after a series of burglaries at 10 off-campus apartments.

“If I walk around at night, it’ll be brief and I’ll be on the phone with somebody,” said senior Raleigh Kennedy. “I don’t walk alone ever.”

According to Baltimore County Police, almost all the victims were women. Their jewelry, cash, medications and personal items were stolen.

Many of the burglaries occurred on Charles View Way, Donnington Circle and Greenview Terrace.

Police say most of the burglaries happened at night and the suspect or suspects got in because a window or door was left unlocked.

“We are really strongly encouraging the students there to make sure they secure their doors and windows,” said Elise Armacost, Baltimore County Police Department. “Most of these burglaries were committed when the suspect entered through an unsecured door or window.”

Students are heeding that advice.

“Put our little chain lock on the front door now where we never did it before,” said senior Clinton Holley.

“We used to lock our doors and stuff, but now we’re a little more cautious of it. Make sure we check before we go to bed,” senior Brett Welsh said.

Police also tell students to be careful what they post on social media.

“They’ll post that they’re going on a little trip or they’re going home for the weekend, and that can be an advertisement that you’re vulnerable,” said Armacost.

Students have learned to take extra precautions.

“Lots of people have a lot of money around here with their TVs and cars and laptops and textbooks,” Kennedy said. “They’re going to take advantage of that. So you have to be aware.”

Police have not given any description of the suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information about the burglaries should contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

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