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LSU police beef up patrols around campus

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 5:34pm

With finals almost over L.S.U. student Brandon Smith is excited that soon he'll be able to head back home to Florida for the holidays to spend time with friends and family. But with a friend recently victimized by a burglar, he's worried he might suffer the same fate when he leaves.

"I have been concerned about that before because a friend of mine back home who goes to F.S.U. Somebody broke into his condo and stole his TV’s and all the nice stuff he left up there," says Smith.

To cut down on the chances that type of thing will happen here, the L.S.U. police department is beefing up patrols.

"We do patrol the residential areas with a little more detail," states L.S.U. Police Captain Cory Lalonde.

But campus police, even with 70 officers, can't be everywhere at once. So they're asking students to take precautions and use common sense.

"Anytime you're going to leave for an extended period of time. It's always better if you have valuables jewelry, any other things that are of high value that can transport with you to wherever you're going for the holidays go ahead and do so," states Lalonde.

And that's exactly what Brandon's friend Michelle Bayona is doing. She says if burglars do break into her place they won't find much.

“I think everything is still going to be ok. Even if it's the worst-case scenario the TV would be gone," says Bayona.

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