EDITORIAL: Fight crime with awareness


Crime is a fact of life. According to the Amarillo Police Department, by the end of July, Amarillo’s home burglary occurrences had increased by 20 percent.

Thieves are looking for a chance to steal. Don’t give them the chance.

Keep blinds or curtains closed when not at home. Keep valuables out of sight. Lock your doors and windows. Get a dog. They’re one of the most effective alarm systems and are great companions. Keep trusted neighbors or friends aware of times you will be away from home and ask them to keep an eye out while you’re away. Also, never hide a key where others can easily access it. According to the Amarillo College Police Department, the number of theft and burglary incidents in buildings and vehicles far outweighs all other types of crime. Keep your things with you at all times. Look out for your possessions as well as those of fellow students.

Theft and burglary of vehicles includes stealing car parts and accessories, so lock your cars, tailgates and bed covers. You are your best line of defense against loss prevention. Never leave your vehicle running and unattended. Hide your things, take your keys and lock your car when you exit. In Texas, there are more than 100,000 incidents reported concerning car burglaries and vehicle theft.

Criminal trespass and criminal mischief also are issues at AC. Call ACPD if you see someone defacing buildings, acting suspiciously or entering areas they are not authorized to enter.

Rapists and stalkers watch and wait to threaten, abuse and take advantage of individuals. They feed on their victims’ fear. Don’t be a victim.

Be assertive, aware and unafraid to scream if anyone threatens you. It’s better to be safe and feel stupid than be assaulted and feel unsafe for years to come. Have a plan.

Amarillo Crimes of 2011  source: city-data.com
Amarillo Crimes of 2011
source: city-data.com

Report people following, threatening, restraining or confining you or making you afraid of present or future danger and damage to property or self.

Be aware of where you are, who is around you and escape routes in case someone does bother you. Avoid walking alone at night, in alleyways and near thick bushes.

Walk with confidence on the traffic side of the sidewalk. Avoid predictable behavioral patterns by varying your route and the timing of your arrivals and departures and not carrying too much.

Dressing in clothes you can run in freely is important if you encounter an attacker.

Never leave your drink unattended. Arrive with friends and leave with friends. Always check your back seat before entering your car.

Sexual assault has been linked positively to alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim or both. Half the sexual assaults in Texas were committed by men who had been drinking. Half the women who were assaulted also had consumed alcohol.

It can happen to you. One in five women in Texas has been raped, and one in 20 men has as well. A reported 1.8 million rape survivors live in Texas. Most of them knew their assailant.

Criminals have a hard time committing crimes when people are pro­active. So posse up and help fight crimes against you and your community.

Amarillo College Police Department

To report suspicious activities, vandalism, theft or other

emergencies on campus,

contact ACPD:





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  1. See this was informative. It stated problems and gave solutions. It was worth reading in my opinion has it may in fact help one day on campus.

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