Theft Prevention

Did You Know?

In most cases of personal property thefts commonly reported to Campus Safety, the items that were taken were left unattended - often for a very short period of time!

You can greatly reduce the likelihood of falling victim to a personal property theft by removing the opportunity and taking/keeping your belongings with you - even if you intend to step away briefly.

Consider employing some of these theft prevention strategies to keep yourself safe on or off campus!

Two Man Bicycle Store

Theft of Electronics

  • Don't leave your personal electronics unattended - keep them in sight and within reach.

  • Pack lightly for the day and keep your valuables at home unless you need them.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings when taking out and using your electronic devices.

  • Consider purchasing a STOP Plate for your laptop or tablet to help increase chances of recovery in the event of a theft.

  • Keep a record of your device's information (e.g. serial #, make and model) somewhere safe to help increase the chance of recovery.

Locker Room

Theft from Lockers

  • Invest in a high-quality lock for your locker and use it!

  • Check your lock on a regular basis and replace it if it showing signs of wear.

  • Keep your locker combination or your key to yourself.

  • Consider leaving valuables that you don't need for the day at home.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings when accessing your locker, especially when depositing items into your locker. Report any suspicious activity to Campus Police or Building Patrollers.

  • Always double check your lock before leaving the area to ensure it is secure.

Theft from Vehicles

  • Ensure all doors are locked and secured prior to leaving the area.

  • Check to ensure all windows (including sunroofs) are closed entirely.

  • Don't leave valuables in your car - if you must leave them, hide them from view prior to parking.

  • Be mindful that charging cords, GPS mounts and other accessories left in plain view can signal the presence of valuable items in the vehicle. Keep them hidden.

  • Don't leave your registration or insurance paperwork in the vehicle - these documents have your home address listed.

  • Don't leave your home car garage openers in the vehicle - take it with you.