Back to school: safety first

Outside of the University of Toledo Police Department

School is back in session, but safety still must come first.

The University of Toledo chief of police, Jeff Newton, suggested ways on how to prevent crime on campus.

"Luckily, we do not have a lot of violent crime that happens off campus, but nonetheless, we encourage students to engage in safe practices. Make eye contact with people as you are walking, walk with a friend particularly at nightâ?¦(and) have your cell phone with you."

Secure personal items, especially if they are expensive. Do not leave expensive items unattended. Secure the door to the residence hall, or off-campus building, as well as vehicle door.

If an off-campus student becomes a victim of theft, the crime should be reported to the Toledo Police Department. If an on-campus student should report to the campus safety officials.

At the University of Toledo a new text-a-tip system has begun.

The text-a-tip system is to that a University of Toledo student, if a witness to criminal or suspicious activity is able to text the smart code: 69050 to: UTPD with an included crime tip. This text will be sent directly to the police dispatch center.

All University of Toledo students, especially first-year students are encouraged to follow the UTPD on Facebook.

Students can also sign up for UT Alert.