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Both of my daughters are away at college and recently they have both received notification of college housing break-ins. Is this an epidemic or just plain bad luck?
Part of it is probably just due to the automatic texting capabilities colleges have now to issue warnings like this - most didn't have that not many years ago.
Many campus public saftey offices keep statistics on college safety. They may even have a hand out that they can provide you with if you ask or that they post online.
Prevalence of electronics is another thing that may be leading to slightly increased rates of theft. Students today are much more likely to have MP3 players, e-book readers, computers, stereos, and of course, cell phones, than previous generations.