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Oxford Police, Schools increasing patrol efforts after weekend break-in

The Oxford Police Department and Oxford School District are working together to increase safety on school campuses after a break-in at Oxford High School this past weekend.

At approximately 10 a.m. on Sept. 23, OPD responded to the high school’s address, 101 Charger Loop, in reference to a burglary. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a school employee who found one of the school’s doors unlocked, according to a statement released by OPD Chief Joey East.

“Officers went inside and determined that someone had broken into the school sometime during the night,” East said in the statement. “We did not find any damaged or missing property inside the school. The Oxford Police Department along with the Oxford School District are working together on the investigation.”

While the officers could not determine whether anything was amiss besides the locked door, the investigation is still very much active, East said in the statement, adding that OPD is working with multiple agencies as they follow up on leads.

OPD and OSD have enhanced patrol efforts in and around each school within the school district, to “ensure parents and students that they are aware and taking added measures to keep our schools safe,” a statement echoed by OSD Superintendent Brian Harvey.

“More than anything, we realize that we just have to be more vigilant with our daily activities of reporting issues and maintaining our physical campuses,” Harvey said. “It is all of our responsibility to keep each other safe. If we see something that is not normal, we have to say something. With the help of OPD we have increased police presence at all of our campuses after hours.”

This is an ongoing investigation.