Burglary or Theft Prevention Tips

  • Put away your valuables. Don’t leave them visible.
  • Ensure that all doors, desks, and windows are locked if you leave, and take your keys with you. Do not prop open doors.
  • Familiarize your employees with your security systems and procedures.
  • Keep a record of all keys issued. Master keys and extra duplicates should be locked away for safekeeping.
  • Do not admit strangers into your residence hall.
  • Do not leave coats or other valuable items in common areas or where they are visible.
  • Politely offer assistance to persons in your building or residence you do not recognize. If they have legitimate business, they will appreciate your help. If they do not, ask them to leave.
  • Ask strangers to wait in common areas while their friends are summoned.
  • Pack up and carry your laptop with you wherever you go, even the bathroom.
  • Have someone you really trust watch it.
  • If you must sleep, sleep on your laptop.
  • Report any suspicious persons or behaviors to UCPD immediately.  The following are examples of behaviors that could be considered suspicious:

-      A person or persons you, or the other employees, do not recognize going from office to office

-      A person or persons standing in a hallway for a long period of time

-      A person or persons waiting outside of the building near the time that the building will be closing

  • Maintain an inventory of all office equipment; include the make, model and serial number of each item. Keep this inventory in a safe place. Keep it current by adding the identification numbers of all new equipment. 
  • If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:
    • Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
    • Use a cell phone or a neighbor's phone to call police.
    • Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.

Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons.