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WRPS promote safety as thousands of post-secondary students return to Waterloo Region

Waterloo Regional Police are hoping that students will keep safety in mind as they move in closer to campus this fall.
Bags of luggage are seen on the first day to move in at University of Waterloo student residence. Aastha Shetty/KitchenerToday

Tens of thousands of students are returning to Waterloo Region or moving in for the first time and Waterloo Regional Police are hoping they will keep safety in mind.

Acting Inspector Al Green says we have a very safe community, but it's on everyone living here to keep it that way.

"The number one message we would emphasize is for students to be aware of their surroundings, especially later at night or if they have been out consuming alcohol... walk with a friend if you can... and just be aware of what is going on around you." 

He says the most common incidents they see are property crimes or theft of personal items that have been left unattended either in the library or in classrooms.

"We understand people like to have fun, but be responsible, think about your neighbours and others in the community so that everybody can have a safe and healthy community." 

A list of safety tips from the WRPS website includes:

- Lock your doors
- Don't let anyone into a building that you don't know
- Walk in groups whenever possible
- Cross roads at designated locations in accordance with traffic signals
- If consuming alcohol, drink responsibly and plan ahead to ensure safe arrival and return

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