Officials cut safe rental program as student interest wanes

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The University decided not to renew the service agreement for safes this spring after providing it for 10 years.

The University will no longer provide a service allowing students to rent safes in their residence halls.

University spokeswoman Maralee Csellar said the University first partnered with an outside vendor to rent safes to students more than 10 years ago after receiving feedback from parents who wanted to ensure students could protect their valuables at GW.

But she said the University decided not to renew the service agreement this spring because officials have been able to implement more technologically advanced “theft deterrents” in recent years, like keyless door entries and self-closing doors. She said during annual residence hall renovations, officials also install desks and furniture with locks.

“As we continue to install new technology and furniture enhancements, students have been sharing feedback that they like using their desks for storage,” Csellar said in an email. “Also, we have been getting less inquiries from families during campus tours, orientation and during back-to-school move-in.”

She said students may also buy or rent a safe from an outside party if they would like to have one in their room.

Csellar declined to say which outside vendor the University used for the safe company and how many students rented a safe last year.

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