Keep your valuables safe
MUPD offers tips to protect your personal property
Story by: Sara Diedrich
Most thefts of personal property are crimes of opportunity. The University of Missouri Police Department recommends students, staff and faculty take a few simple steps to prevent the loss of laptops, cell phones, backpacks and other valuables.
“Our most common call for service is theft,” Crime Prevention Officer James Young said. “A lot of times we find the items reported missing have been left unattended.”
Here are some tips from MUPD for keeping your personal property safe:
- Register your bicycle, electronic devices and any valuable with a serial number with MUPD. It increases the chances of getting your property back if lost or stolen.
- The City of Columbia requires all bicycles be registered. Registering your bike with MUPD meets the city ordinance.
- Invest in a good U-lock for your bicycle.
- Get and use a cable lock for your laptop.
- Do not attach your student ID to your keychain.
- Never attach your address to your keychain.
- Never leave a public door propped open — like outside doors to a residence hall or apartment building — even for a friend.
- Always lock windows that are accessible from the outside, including second-story windows.
- Avoid leaving valuables unattended in common rooms and areas.
- Don’t leave items of value visible in a parked car — this includes power cables, which are generally connected to a phone!
- Always lock car doors and roll up windows tightly.
- Keep your house and car keys on separate key chains.