Take Responsibility for Your Personal Safety
Here are some steps you can take to take care of yourself
and be as safe as possible, either on campus or off.
- Pay attention to your
- Pay attention to the people
around you and take note of individuals who seem as if they don't belong
- Lock you door (especially at
- Lock your door when leaving
- Do not open doors for
strangers. Identify a visitor before allowing them access. Contact
the front desk or Campus Security if the visitor appears threatening.
- Walk with a buddy, especially
at night or early morning
- Alert a roommate, friend or
staff member as to your destination and when you expect to return.
- Walk in well-lit areas.
(Notify staff of poorly lit locations.)
- Avoid shortcuts through dark or
- Never leave your keys in your
car or your car open. Lock your car doors.
Take Responsibility for Protecting Your Property
You are responsible for taking the necessary steps to secure
your property. The following steps are recommended:
- Engrave valuable items
with your name and possibly driver's license number. (Available
at UPD, as well as Clear Springs and Comanche Hill Apartments.)
- Mark items that are regularly
taken to class such as books, backpacks and calculators.
- Do not leave unattended
valuables in plain sight and do not keep large sums of cash in your room
- Arrange rooms so that
high risk items such as cameras, stereos, televisions, etc., are not
visible from the hallway or street when the doors or windows are open.
- Secure bicycles/mopeds
when unattended with an oversized shackle-style bicycle lock, or a lock
and chain/cable combination with at least 5/8" diameter chain or steel and
a padlock, preferably one with a hardened case and shank diameter of at
least 3/8 inches.
- Consider renter's
insurance to protect against loss or damage of property or check
your family's homeowner's insurance to see if you are covered
while away from home.
- Keep a list of bank accounts,
credit cards and I.D. card numbers in a safe place in the event a
purse/wallet is lost or stolen.
- Notify the police of a theft
- Notify card issuing
companies and banks. If notified within 24 hours, an individual's total
liability for loss is limited in most cases to $50-per-card.
Bicycle Theft Prevention
it's not possible to make your bicycle 100% theft-proof, there are some simple
steps you can take to increase the security of your bicycle and its parts:
- Record the make, model and
serial number of your bicycle and store this information in a safe place.
- Use a case-hardened
"U" lock; cable locks are easily cut
- If you use a regular padlock,
purchase one with a 7/16" shank, the largest size that will fit the
campus bike racks
- Lock your bike in a well-lit
- Lock your bike in an area
that can be seen by passing pedestrians or motorists
- Remember to also lock parts
attached with quick-release mechanisms
recommend that you not bring extremely expensive bikes to campus. If you
do, you may want to store it in your room at overnight.