Oxford, MS is often known as an extremely safe community, however in recent months a disconcerting trend has been on the rise. There has been an alarming increase in home break-ins in off campus residences. Many have attributed this to the fact that much of the student population lives off campus and have several extended breaks from school throughout the year.
"I had four or five houses in my cul-de-sac alone broken into in like a forty-eight hour period." said Jake Greenway, a Junior student at Ole Miss who has been personally affected by the crime spike. During extended breaks like winter break where the students are off for up to six straight weeks students homes become easy targets. "There were literally no cars in our neighborhood for like five or six days straight, so I think thats when they hit us." added Greenway. Progress in catching those responsible for these break-ins has been somewhat slow however progress is being made.
Students are being advised to take every precaution in order help curb the burglaries. Making sure doors and windows stay locked as well as keeping homes well lit even when away help to discourage burglars from attempting to break in to homes.
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