Lock Up over Thanksgiving Break
As you prepare for Thanksgiving break this week and winter break next month, I wanted to reach out with some important reminders for those who may be travelling.
Every semester, we receive reports of burglaries and break-ins to off-campus student residences that often occur when the residence is unsecured.
Whenever you leave your apartment, please remember to lock all of your doors and windows. If you have a window or sliding door that cannot be secured to your satisfaction, contact your landlord.
Since thefts and burglaries are “crimes of opportunity,” common sense can help stop criminals. Some other useful safety tips include:
- Don’t leave attractive items out in plain sight. Burglars frequently target cash, laptops, bikes, jewelry, video games, bikes, digital cameras and televisions. If possible, take small valuables with when you leave.
- Draw your curtains and shades and set a timer for lamps.
- Temporarily stop your mail.
- Let a landlord, property owner or neighbor know how long you’re going to be gone and how you can be reached in the event of a problem.
- To help reduce the risk of accidental fire, make sure to unplug large electrical appliances, including computers, stereos and microwaves.
More crime prevention information can be found at <http://www.safeu.wisc.edu/>
I wish you all a safe and restful break.
Lori M. Berquam
Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students
Division of Student Life