College Guide Extra: Protect your loot, UCF students




Here’s a piece of advice that didn’t make it into the print edition of this year’s College Guide: if you’re a UCF student who truly cares about your TV, your smart phone, your bicycle, or anything else with a serial number, you should conquer your Big Brotherly fears and send that piece of information along to campus police. According to UCFPD chief Troy Williamson, “99 percent of [UCF’s] crime is property crime,” and many stolen items end up in pawn shops not far from the scene of the said crime. With a serial number in hand, however, UCF police can cross-reference your item’s digits with those entered into the state’s FINDER database—which holds records of pawn shop transactions—which may then yield not only the location of your beloved pink iPod Nano, but perhaps, an apprehended thief and a watered-down sense of heroism.

*For items without serial numbers, UCFPD also offers an engraving service, but unfortunately, it will not tattoo nor brand your teddy bear.

**The FINDER database, coincidentally, was also developed at UCF.

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