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Keep Your Stuff Safe On Campus
Everyone knows that locking your door is the first step to keeping your stuff safe. Always lock the front door when you leave and lock it when you are sleeping or showering. Lock your bedroom door if you are having a party or have un-trustworthy roommates and lock and close first floor windows. But what can you do beyond locking the doors?
First, talk to your roommates and/or suitemates about desired security procedures. Making sure everyone is on the same page is important; your things aren’t safe if you are the only one that locks the door.
Second, don’t leave the door propped open. Propping your door is the same as advertising that you have things worth stealing. Likewise, keep valuables away from windows.
Third, if you live in a locked building or hallway, don’t let people in that you do not recognize. If they are supposed to have access, they will have a way in.
Fourth, if you or a roommate loses a key, address the situation with your resident assistant or hall director immediately. If a lost key falls into the wrong hands, locking the door when you are gone won’t make a difference.
Fifth, be wary of the people who are given access to your room. If you (or your roommate(s)) are having a party, lock your bedroom door and hide and lock away your valuables. Also, keep an eye on people you bring into the room and ask your roommate(s) to do the same. Don’t leave new friends or people in your room alone and never loan out keys (and never let your roommates loan out keys).
Sixth, hide your valuables. Keep things worth stealing out of sight when you are not in the room or when you are not using them. This way, a would-be thief will a) not know that you have something worth stealing or b) not know where your things worth stealing are. Also, when you will be away for a while, put valuables away or bring them home with you if possible. Even if you trust your roommate(s) you never know who they’ll have over. Similarly, take things home with you or put things in storage that you are not using.
If you have valuables that are not easy to put away or hide such as a television or sound system, try tying the items down with cable ties or electronic locks. A thief may be deterred simply because your valuables have barriers to their access – if your valuables are tied or locked down, there will always be somebody’s stuff that is easier to steal.
Seventh, report any suspicious behavior to campus police. You may save your own things or somebody else’s. Encourage other people who live around you to do the same. Don’t underestimate what someone may be capable of – a thief is most likely not going to be wearing a black ski mask.
In case the advice above is not successful and something of yours does come up missing, take the following precautions: