Mississippi State University Police Chief Vance Rice released the following statement on Feb. 1, 2017:
“While Mississippi State is an exceptionally safe campus, there is always room for improvement. Theft, in recent days, has been a significant issue. Most thefts come down to opportunity. Over the past 10 days, we have had the following reports: Nine thefts; four auto burglaries; and one auto theft.
“Five of the nine thefts were from unlocked rooms, all four auto burglaries were from unlocked vehicles, and the stolen vehicle was unlocked and had the keys in it. If everyone locked their doors, we would have only had four theft reports, not 14.
“Please help MSU reduce crime on campus. Lock your car and place valuables out of sight. Lock your room, even if you are only going to be gone for a moment. Don’t leave your computer, phone, tablet or books unattended in public areas.”
The MSU Police Department can be contacted at 662-325-2121 for information or requests for services.