TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Colleges are back in session and with it, comes higher crime.
Indiana State University's Police Department is busy every fall semester as students come back into town. Should the community be worried it will trickle through the city?
A student was walking along the street when a car drove up and the driver asked if she wanted a ride. She said no, and then alerted police to what she thought as suspicious behavior.
New year, new crimes, and the Indiana State University campus is seeing an influx of these suspicious actions.
That's what ISU Rave Alerts are there for. The police department sends out text messages and emails about certain crimes.
"Any time there's a crime or event that we think might present a danger to the community,” said Chief Bill Mercier, Indiana State University Police Department.
These alerts are sent out to expose a threat, but in this case, they were sent to hopefully stop one.
The department ordinarily doesn't send out these warning emails. But this isn't an isolated incident.
"But we have had several, it seems to be a pattern and that's concerning to us,” said Mercier.
And Mercier said this warning isn't restricted to just the college campus. The community is at risk as well.
"We're part of the community. We're not a separate entity with a moat around us. If someone is out soliciting rides from college students, there's absolutely nothing that says they wouldn't be trying to solicit from high school students or anyone else in the community,” Mercier said.
Mercier said as a result of sending out this alert, they've already received several leads they can use to solve this mystery.
The ISU police department has upped patrols to watch out for students. They've also enlisted the help of other police departments to keep the community safe.
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