GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Since Aug. 17, Greensboro police have had 28 reports of break-ins or attempted break-ins at apartments or homes occupied by college students.
In four of the cases, a suspect inappropriately touched female students as they slept, according to police.
"Anytime you have someone break into another person's residence and touch them or have some kind of physical contact with them that is very alarming to us," said Capt. Nathaniel Davis.
Many students said the news was shocking.
"It's very disturbing,” said Chara Johnson, a senior at UNCG. “I would rather have my things taken than to have been violated because that's not something that I can replace."
Police say the 28 break-ins happened at seven locations around the city.
One incident happened on the 1400 block of East Washington Street near North Carolina A&T University.
Another incident happened on the 700 block of Milton Street near UNCG along with several of the other break-ins.
"It breaks my heart that so many people have just had their lives and their privacy invaded like that,” said Abby Callaway, a sophomore at UNCG. “When you're at home, that's a place where you should feel safe."
Davis is urging students to be extra alert, especially when it comes to securing their homes or apartments at night.
"Whether it be closing your blinds, ensuring that your windows are locked, that your windows are down,” Davis said.