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Theft alert issued for campuses

COLLEGES and universities were told to be on the lookout for thieves during the back-to-school period as Huangpu District prosecutors have processed four campus theft cases since July.

Classrooms, sports venues and office buildings are the top three places thieves target to steal money, clothes and digital products such as mobile phones and laptops.

A man from Anhui Province, surnamed Tu, was sentenced to one and a half years in prison after he was found guilty of stealing items worth more than 6,700 yuan (US$1,049) at seven universities up to February this year.

Prosecutors said Tu had stolen goods from classrooms, administration buildings, laboratories, basketball courts and football fields where students carelessly left their clothes and belongings on the ground.

Like Tu, another suspect was also charged with theft. The man, surnamed Wu, raided others' clothes at a sports venue of valuables worth more than 5,000 yuan.

"It is easy and less risky to steal from students," Wu told prosecutors.

Prosecutors warned local schools to strengthen their security and monitoring services to prevent thieves from breaking into empty offices, dormitories and classrooms, especially those who pretend to be salespeople and students.


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