The University of Illinois Springfield says while about 85 percent of students leave campus for winter break, they keep the same amount of officers on patrol.
Director of Residential Life John Ringle said there is also a safety checklist for students that includes the importance of locking doors, taking valuables with you, and preventing fire hazards.
“[University staff members] double check to make sure all the lights are unplugged," Ringle said. "Appliances are [off]. Like some people leave their refrigerators on."
People also leave valuables like laptops out in the open. UIS police say that's not a good idea.
“Before you leave, you pack your electronics with you," Sgt. Brad Strickler, who has patrolled the campus for 18 years, said. "Take your laptops and anything of any value, jewelry, whatever it may be."
Strickler has seen theft firsthand and said usually it is a crime of opportunity.
"Where somebody will find an open door or open window," Strickler said.
Cameras monitor the dormitory entrances, and only a key card can get you in. But just in case a thief is slippery, UIS police are on patrol all the time.
The story was featured by WICS-TV on December 13, 2012.
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