AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin police officers are increasing patrols as students return for the fall semester.
Typically, they see an increase in crime at this time of year, and they said they hope more visible patrols will help buck the trend.
"What it's focusing on is high visibility," said APD Cpl. Quint Sebek. "We issued several citations for different offenses: from jaywalking, running stop signs, to expired tags."
Sebek said the crimes they see spike around this time of year are home- and car burglaries and pedestrian crimes, such as jaywalking or crossing illegally.
"Unfortunately, it's going to end up being more pedestrian accidents with vehicles," said Sebek.
For Operation Back to School, extra officers saturate the areas around campus and look for people breaking the law.
"Pretty much zero tolerance for any type of criminal activity on or near campus," said Sebek. "The message is that if someone breaks the law they might not get caught then, but with the additional officers they might run into an officer."
Extra APD officers will be on or near campus on every shift around the clock through September.
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