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Those who engage in crime are always searching for a soft or easy target. The easiest method to foil their attempts is to practice good, common sense crime prevention habits.
Always be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious persons or activity on campus to security as soon as possible.
- Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure there’s enough gas to get where you’re going and back.
- Have your keys ready before getting into your vehicle.
- Check inside and out before getting in the vehicle.
- Lock the doors immediately upon entering your vehicle.
- Always roll up the windows and lock car doors when leaving your vehicle, even if you’re coming right back.
- Avoid parking in isolated areas.
- Be especially alert in parking lots and underground parking garages
- Park in well lit areas.
- If you think someone is following you home, drive to the nearest police or fire station, gas station or other open business to get help.
- If your vehicle breaks down, call for help on the cell phone, lock all windows and doors on the vehicle and don’t open the vehicle for anyone until help arrives.
- Never leave your credit cards or other important papers in the glove compartment.
- Never leave any objects in plain view. Lock all valuables in the trunk and do so before reaching your final destination if at all possible to avoid observation of any would-be thieves who might take notice.
- Do not mark your key chain with your name, address, and license number. Lost keys can lead a thief to your car or home.
- Do not leave your house and car keys together with an attendant at a public parking lot. Your house key can be quickly duplicated and your address obtained from your plate number.
- Use the “Club” or other auto theft prevention tools.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.