Five Residence Hall Theft Tips

Theft is a crime of opportunity – by leaving your dorm room doors and windows unlocked, a thief have the chance to steal anything!
  1. Top Stolen Items
    • Small and portable electronics - cameras, cell phones, laptop computers, PDAs, MP3s - are the top stolen items at colleges.
    • What you can do: Write down the serial number, make and model for your electronic devices.
  2. Videotape It
    • Take videotapes or photos of your dorm room, apartment and electronic devices. It's easier to show videos or photographs to police and insurance companies after a theft, fire or natural disaster.
    • Not sure how to start? Pretend you’re on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” or “MTV Cribs” – say where and when you got the item and how much it cost (i.e. “I bought this computer in 2003 from Apple and it cost $500.”)
  3. Use Common Sense
    • Lock doors and windows even if you’re going down the hall to visit a friend or to do laundry.
    • Lock doors and windows before going to sleep.
    • Don’t leave items unattended in the library, dining hall, lobby, study rooms, etc.
  4. Get to Know Your Neighbors
    • Chances are you don’t know everyone in your building. Acquaint yourself with neighbors and the people on your floor.
    • If someone looks suspicious or is acting suspicious, call campus police or security. Trust your gut – chances are you’re probably right.
  5. Plan Ahead