Preventing Theft

 

  • High Risk Times: Be aware that most incidents at residences occur during high risk times.  During long holiday breaks, during church hours, and during move-in and move-outs.

 

  • Criminals don't look like criminals.  Don't expect criminals to be wearing ski masks and carrying a crowbar.  Most thefts are by people you wouldn't expect at a time of easy opportunity.

 

  • Mark your Books.  Yes, mark your books.  Books can be easily stolen and sold quickly online.  Keep them in your possession and put your name in them so they are more likely to be recovered if lost or stolen.

 

  • Conceal valuables. Whether at your apartment or on campus, money, credit cards, mp3 players and other valuables should never be left unattended. 

 

  • Know who comes over. Lots of visitors is great for your social life but it can also cause suspicion when something is missing.  A friend of a friend might be dishonest.

 

  • Don't walk away! Never leave personal belongings unattended on campus.   This includes mp3 players, books, coats, laptops, etc.  It only takes seconds for someone else to pick up your things and walk away.

 

  • Lock your car. Do not leave personal belongings in your car; whether the car is locked or not.  Always remove articles from view- the trunk is the best place to leave them if they must stay in the car

 

  • Make sure everyone agrees. Coming home to find the door unlocked can cause suspicion and frustration.  Take time to come to an agreement with your roommates to discuss safety precautions such as locking doors, windows, and securing valuables. 

 

  • Mark your belongings.  You can greatly increase the chance of getting your things back by giving them a way to be identified.  Adding your name, phone number, or other identifying marks can be very helpful if the item is lost or stolen.  Also, thieves don't want it if it has your name on it, and it also makes it harder for them to sell it.

 

  • Lock it up! Remember to lock your doors and windows when you are leaving your apartment, house, or room. Many thefts occur when the areas are unlocked. Doors and windows have locks, use them. If they are not in proper working order, report it without delay

 

  • Report it.  If your locks or windows cannot be secured, report it to your apartment manager or landlord.  Broken windows or doors should be replaced immediately.

 

  • Prove it with pictures! Take inventory photos of personal belongings.  These photos can help when resolving theft, damage, and insurance issues.