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Thieves frequently target campuses and surrounding areas because so many students and employees carelessly leave doors unlocked and valuables unprotected. As with crimes against the person, your best defense against thieves is vigilance. Recognize that danger exists and take precautions.
Suggestions for warding off theft:
- Keep your doors and windows locked.
- Dont hide your spare key outside your apartment.Dont lend your key to anyone.
- Dont keep your ID card on your key ring.
- Dont keep large amounts of money in your room or apartment.
- Keep money in a bank or in your residence halls lock box.
- Dont advertise that you arent home by letting mail or newspapers accumulate on your doorstep or by recording a revealing message on your answering machine.
- Ask friends not to leave messages on your door.
- Dont leave valuables unattended.Keep your checkbook, jewelry, and cash in a locked drawer.
- Engrave your drivers license number and ID number on valuable possessions.
- Make a list of your valuable possessions including make, model, serial number, and description.
- Keep one copy in a safe place and another with your insurance papers.
- Ask service or repair persons to show their identification before admitting them to your room or apartment.
- Never reveal your calling card number or automatic teller machine number to anyone.
- Lock your bicycle with a sturdy lock, weaving it through frame, spokes, and rack.
- Register your bicycle with the Purdue University Police Department.
- Always lock your car.
- Dont leave valuables inside.
- Dont leave laundry unattended in laundry rooms.
- Dont lend your credit cards to anyone.
- Keep a list of your cards and their numbers with your insurance papers.
- Maintain adequate insurance coverage.
- Report thefts to the police at once.