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The University of Tennessee Police Department is reminding all faculty and staff to be careful about leaving your personal items unattended while you’re at work.

The most often reported crime on our campus is the theft of unsecured property. This generally includes property left out while the person is only gone for a short time.

UTPD has two reports recently of thefts where the suspect took credit cards from an unsecured office and made unauthorized charges at area merchants, said Interim Chief Debbie Perry.

Police are not yet certain that the incidents are related.

“The incidents are preventable by taking the time to lock your office or by securing valuables in a locked area such as a desk or file cabinet,” Perry said.

Please remember to report any suspicious people immediately by calling 4-3114. Police suggest you write down details about the person, but avoid approaching anyone on your own.

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