Ohio State University Campus Police officers encouraged students to bring a safety plan to campus this year.
"We would like them to step up," Ohio State University Police Crime Prevention Officer Anna Stephenson said. "Make sure they know where they're at, have serial numbers, makes and models of items they're going to bring."
Stephenson said that the most common campus crime is personal property theft.
Ohio State provides interior bike storage and requires students to use a security keycard to enter residence halls. There will also be more eyes watching students from above.
"We've increased camera coverage at the Schottenstein Center," Ohio State University's Director of Security Ron Balser said.
Balser said that major security upgrades include bringing all Ohio State campuses, including Wooster and Marion, online with the main campus.
"If there's an incident happening, we're going to bring up every camera to help the officer as he's rushing to the scene to tell him what's going on," Balser said.
When it comes to daily crime, campus police said safety begins with the student.
Campus officials also are helping students take a more proactive approach in their safety with environmental design.
A new dorm near 10th and Neil avenues features a courtyard that all residents can see.
Patrick Maughan, who handles the university’s risk assessment, said that the open concept is rooted with the security of students in mind.
“What it’s also doing, from a security perspective, is allowing all the residents here to be observers of this space,” Maughan said. “So, they get the benefit of the light, the airiness, the ceilings and their performing a passive security function at the same time without probably even realizing it.”
Landscaping also makes a difference in crime prevention, Maughan said.
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