Holiday Crime Prevention Tips For Students
During the holiday break between semesters, many students will be leaving their dormitory, apartment, or home for an extended period of time. Here are some helpful tips to remember before leaving for the holidays.
· Make sure all doors and windows are properly secured.
· Have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your
newspapers and mail.
· Consider taking all items of "high value" back to your primary residence. A safety deposit box or a self-storage facility with a high security lock are other options. (i.e. money, jewelry, TV, VCR, stereo, computer)
· If you choose to leave items of "high value," make sure that you have recorded their serial numbers. It is recommended that you mark or engrave your property with your driver's license number, so that it can be identified if stolen.
· Large displays of valuables should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
· Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
· Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
· Tell a friend or relative where you are going, when you will be back, and how to reach you.
On the road:
· When leaving for a holiday or vacation, do not pack your car the night before. It only makes a more attractive target for a burglar.
· Have a mechanic service your car.
· Plan your route and keep a map, cell phone and extra cash on hand in case of an emergency.
· Allow yourself plenty of time to travel. Don't travel when tired or if you have been drinking.
If you leave your vehicle parked on campus or at your residence during the holiday break, remember to:
· Park your vehicle in an area that is visible to the public and well lit at night.
· Secure all doors and windows.
· Remove all valuables or secure them out of sight.
· If your vehicle has a built-in security system, use it.
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