Protecting Your Property

The number one crime on campus is Theft. Property that is unsecured or left unattended is most at risk. Don't become a victim of theft.

  • Never leave your backpack, books, or other personal items unattended in a library, restroom, or other public place
  • Keep your residence or residence hall door locked when you are away, even for a short time. Lock the doors and close the windows on your car when it is parked
  • Do not leave valuable items in a location where it can be seen from the outside of the vehicle. If your vehicle has a stereo with a removable face plate, take the face plate off the stereo and take it with you
  • Don't carry anything attached to key ring that indicates your address. If your keys are lost or stolen, someone would know where the keys fit
  • Don't carry you driver's license or other form of ID inside your checkbook. If your checks get lost or stolen, someone would have access to your identification
  • Lock your computer or laptop to a table, desk, or other object that will make theft difficult. There are many different types of locks and vendors for the locks that can be located on the internet or in local stores
  • Engrave your property with an owner-applied number. Engravers may be borrowed from KU Public Safety Office or the residence hall front desk
  • Lock your bicycle by placing a good quality U-lock through the frame and at least one wheel

Record your serial numbers and engraved numbers and keep this information in a safe place. If you become a victim of theft, these numbers will help to identify the property as yours and help in the return if it is recovered.

Pamphlets on this topic are available at the KU Public Safety Office or they can be downloaded.


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