By remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious incidents and criminal activity promptly you can prevent and deter crime and keep your community safe. The vast majority of incidents on campuses at large can be avoided if students and staff take basic precautions.
- You could be a victim of an armed robbery or a home invasion.
- Lock your doors at all times - even when at home.
- Leave outside lights on at night and close your curtains.
- Know your surroundings
- Don’t walk alone. Take a cab or, when on campus, call for a safety escort
- Avoid unpopulated and poorly lit areas.
- Be alert and cautious of anyone approaching you
- Remember - Your guard is down when drinking alcohol.
To reduce the chance of theft:
- Identify your belongings with engravings or other identifiable markings
- Record serial number information
- Take videotapes or photographs of your items
- List your valuables by serial numbers and identifying features on an inventory sheet. This sheet should be kept separate from the item in a safe place, such as a safe or safety deposit box.
These steps not only help to recover property should it ever be stolen, it also helps prevent theft. Thieves are less likely to steal something that can be readily identified as stolen.