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Theft Prevention

Theft Prevention

  • Lock your room door, whether you're inside sleeping or leaving for only a few seconds. This is the single greatest deterrent to theft.
  • Draw your drapes, window curtains or shades at night.
  • Avoid leaving a note on your door that says you are not in.
  • Report all broken locks, doors, windows or lights.
  • Keep money and jewelry in a safe place, out of sight. Don't carry a large amount of cash with you and don't flash money in public view.
  • Don't keep valuables in an unattended backpack or in a locker at the gym [locked or unlocked].
  • Respect and ensure the integrity of the security card access system. Don't prop doors open or try to defeat the system by some other method. You not only place your personal safety and valuables in jeopardy, but that of your housemates.
  • Inventory and engrave your valuables. Use your driver's license number followed by the state, or USF student ID # if you do not have a license.  This will make recovery easier and makes it easy to prove ownership.
  • Always remove the keys from your car and lock it. If you have valuables in your car, place them in the trunk or out of public view. Park as near to a pole light as possible. When returning to your car, have your keys in hand and check the backseat for intruders before you get in. Once inside, relock the doors. Don't put your name, address or phone number on key rings.
  • Always lock your bike. Use a U-shaped lock if possible. Otherwise use at least a 5/8" case hardened steel chain and lock. Put the lock through both wheels and the frame and secure it to an immovable object like a bike stand, but be sure your bike does not block sidewalks or a building entrance. Be able to identify your bike, put it on your inventory form, and save your sales receipt.
  • Register your bike with the Department of Public Safety. Over 15,000 bikes are stolen every day, 75% are recovered, but only 2-5% are returned to their owners because of a lack of legal evidence of ownership or because the Agency cannot match the recovered bike with a larceny report.