5 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!
Take an Inventory
Small and portable electronics — cameras, cell phones, laptop computers, PDAs, MP3s — are the top stolen items at colleges. Write down the serial number, make and model for your electronic devices and keep the information in a safe place — an e-mail it back home!
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.")
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.
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 or is acting suspicious, call campus police or security. Trust your gut — chances are you're probably right.
Read through the WhatHappensNow Bicycle Theft, Car Theft, and general Theft sections for more tips.