Surveying the campus police blotter in Wednesday's issue of the Spectrum is a popular ritual at UB because most of the crimes are harmless-a stolen laser pointer from the natural sciences building, a case of indigestion in one of the dining halls, a false fire alarm in a dormitory, and now and then, students caught having sex in a dark classroom. North Campus is nestled in a suburban town that has been named the safest in the U.S., but while students have a reason and a right to feel safe, UB is not without its odd quality-of-life crimes. Often these crimes can be chalked up to students who don't take precautions: the laptop stolen from the unlocked room, the clothes taken from the unattended dryer, the stereo yanked from the car parked with its windows down. By junior or senior year, most students know someone who has been a victim. If you're coming from a rural area or a small town, you should read some public safety pamphlets in the first few weeks of school to learn how to avoid minor crimes.
Security is a more serious issue on South Campus and in University Heights. During the day, students and faculty can be confident in their safety, but at night, neither men nor women should walk anywhere alone, and students should steer clear of areas that are particularly dark or empty. Burglaries can happen if doors are not locked, and rarely, but sometimes, more serious crimes occur. Luckily, students who do not feel comfortable living with the uncertainties of an urban environment can stay on North Campus, which-save for the odd quality-of-life crime-is as secure as a castle with a moat.