University of Central Florida police officers are urging students to take precautions after a rash of crime in the area.
Officers put out several message boards Wednesday morning, reminding students to lock their cars and remove their valuables. The police chief also sent out an email to students and staff warning them to remain vigilant.
"Make sure that your doors and windows are locked keep your door locked even if you're home and if someone knocks on your door, and you don't know who that person is, don't open it," said Courtney Gilmartin, UCF spokesperson.
According to the Orange County Sheriff's office, in Zone 22 of East Orange County, which includes Avalon Park and off-campus areas near UCF, there has been nearly 100 car burglaries and 40 home burglaries in the last thirty days.
"Since so many of our students and employees live in Orange and Seminole counties, we wanted to give them a heads up about some of the crimes that have been going on there," Gilmartin said.
Deputies say many of the thefts are crimes of opportunity, in 40 percent of the car break-ins, the cars were unlocked.
"I lock my car automatically I don't really keep valuables in there, because I'm paranoid, and I like to keep it on me if I take like my iPad or something," said Ashley Nelson, a student.
UCF Police also urge students to register their personal property with the department, which will give them a serial number to keep their valuable more secure.
For more information visit this link: http://www.police.ucf.edu/PropertyReg.html.