Big Brother should be watching

By Staff Editorial
On February 2, 2017

It’s dark, the area is devoid of people, and a figure is stalking through the parking lots, testing car doors. The figure finds his/her target, an unlocked car full of possible money. He or she is safe from being discovered, because they didn’t have to break in.

In the past year, there have been at least eight victims of this opportunistic thief (or thieves). ASU Police has urged students to keep their cars locked, but slip ups happen. And one slip up could result in the loss of anything in your car.

This rash of theft could be hindered if ASU would put cameras in the parking lots around campus. If the university does not currently have the funds, it should raise the money for the safety of the students.

The theft has become such a concern for ASU PD, it has offered an award of up to $500 for clues to the suspect.

By installing cameras, there would be less of a need for awards. Students could feel safe about their cars left in the lots, for the price of a few cameras.

In 2011, the FBI statistics showed that two million thefts happened on universities across the U.S. Now, with more students enrolled in universities, it’s obvious that the numbers would rise.

Theft is not the only problem that could be lessened, but cases of rape could be solved faster if cameras were also installed in residence halls. There was one case of rape last year, and ASU PD did catch the man. But imagine how much crime, such as that, goes unreported.

With cameras, even the students who are afraid to say anything could be safer. A camera can catch a culprit’s face, or other prominent features.

Since most of the burglaries happen near the residence halls, or in the adjacent parking lots, the security cameras should be set there first. This would be the best way to test out the system, and likely ease thefts on campus.

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