Defense Against Crime

05/09/2011

Don’t be a Victim of Dorm Theft

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month

You have had a long hard day. You make it back to your dorm room, and gratefully shed the day’s burden, which includes your heavy backpack. You drop it next to the chair near your desk, and then remove your wallet and cell phone and put these on your desk with your keys. No sooner do you pull out your laptop and sit down than one of your dorm mates down the hall stick his head in your door and says “We good lots of pizza for everyone on the hall, want some?”

College Student…Free food..this is a no brainer. You grab your cell phone, follow your friend down the hall, leaving all those valuables in plain sight on your desk, in your room, that you left…unlocked.

Few golden targets are more inviting to thieves – professional or opportunistic than valuable electronics like the laptop, and a wallet with potential cash, credit cards, personal information and other valuable items. Heck even your books could be taken and sold.

Roommates, suite mates, hall mates quickly become habituated to leaving even the most valuable personal items – wallets and tablets included in the common area of the room or suite. Maybe you really want to trust your college dorm mates as you trust your own family, but do you – or should you? Will you also extend that same trust to their visiting friends or visiting family members? If you do, please wake up.

You will not insult your roommates if you keep your personal items secure and away from prying or straying eyes and covetous thoughts. It’s always easier to keep things in your possession then to get them back.

The lesson here: DO NOT Expose yourself. It is right and proper to secure your property.

General Safety Tips

  • Room doors should be equipped with peep holes and dead-bolts. Always lock them when you are absent. Do not loan out your key. Have locks changed immediately when a key is lost or stolen. It’s bothersome, but very worth the time.
  • Always lock your doors on the 1st AND 2nd floor windows at night. Never leave a door unlocked for your roommate. Value yourself. Your life and safety are more important than their convenience.
  • Secure your valuables.
  • Do not open your door to anyone unless you’re positive who is on the other side.
  • Mark your property; personal computers, laptops, audio and video equipment with property tags and locks. Most are available online. Some campus police have laptop registration programs.
  • You may want to use a diversion safe to hide your valuables.

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