Preventing Theft

Theft of backpacks and textbooks is common — the resale value of books makes them attractive targets for petty thieves. If you’re leaving for a minute, take your things with you.

Theft of backpacks and textbooks is common — the resale value of books makes them attractive targets for petty thieves. If you’re leaving for a minute, take your things with you.

Most crimes reported to the UGA Police involve property rather than personal danger. You can minimize your chances of becoming a victim by remembering that college campuses are not immune to crime. Follow these common-sense rules:

LOCK UP!

  • Lock your residence hall or apartment door, even when you’re home. Lock your car. Lock your purse in a drawer in your office. Use the lockers at the bookstore.
  • Lock your door when you leave, even if you’re only leaving “just for a minute.” It only takes a thief 10 seconds to take something from your room or office.
  • Lock your door when you sleep, even in a residence hall.
  • Don’t hide the key to your room or apartment outside. Thieves are more experienced than you at inventing — and discovering — such hiding places.
  • Lock your bike to an immovable object with a maximum security bike lock.

DON'T LEAVE YOUR PROPERTY UNATTENDED . . .in the library, dining hall, classroom, restroom, or any campus facility. Theft of backpacks and textbooks is common. If you’re leaving for a minute, take your things with you.

  • Don’t leave notes on your door announcing that you aren’t home.
  • Don’t leave things in the laundry room.

IDENTIFY YOUR BELONGINGS.

Put your name and address on textbooks — inside the cover and on an inside page or two. Engrave a personal code on items that might interest a thief — televisions, phones, radios, cameras, computers, appliances, sports equipment, bicycles and anything else that’s portable and valuable.

Through Operation Identification, the UGA Police Department makes easy-to-use engravers available to the campus community at no cost. Call 706-542-0104 to arrange for an engraver.

The Police Department will also provide a property registration sheet to record your valuables. Keep it in a safe place, away from the valuables themselves. If property is stolen, your written inventory helps provide a detailed description of what’s missing, and if the property is recovered the police can identify the owner by the engraved code.

BE A LITTLE SUSPICIOUS.

You may know your neighbors in your residence hall or apartment building are fellow students — but what else do you know about them? Until you know them well enough to be friends, don’t take chances.

  • Don’t lend your keys, student ID, driver’s license, or meal ticket to anyone.
  • Don’t open a building door for a stranger who doesn’t have a key. Don’t prop open a door — and if you see one that is propped open, close it.
  • Report suspicious behavior immediately to campus police.