Police offer theft prevention tips for IUPUI campus
August 28, 2012
- Rich Schneider
- Officer Dave Briggs
IU Police Department - Indianapolis
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The IU Police Department - Indianapolis says property theft is a crime of opportunity. Minimize such opportunities on the IUPUI campus by following a few simple steps.
•Never leave your book bags, laptops, cell phones, purses, wallets or any other items of value unattended for any reason.
•If you must leave your property, leave it with a trusted friend or co-worker.
•Remove all portable electronic items such as cell phones and chargers; GPS units with adapter cords and mounts; computers; and audio systems from the passenger section of a vehicle.
•These items should be locked in the trunk before leaving your parked vehicle.
•Make sure that all of the vehicle’s doors are locked and windows are closed.
•Record the make, model and serial number of your bicycle and take digital photos to assist police in locating and identifying your bicycle in case it is stolen.
•Whenever possible, lock your bike to a bike rack instead of to an item that can be easily cut, broken or removed.
•Use a steel U-shaped lock and remember two locks are better than one. Lightweight cable or chain locks no longer provide adequate security in most areas.
•Leave as little space as possible within the “U” of the lock. This makes it harder for thieves to pry open the lock.
•Keep the lock off the ground to avoid giving the thief leverage to hammer or smash it.
•Position the keyhole of the lock so that it faces the ground. This will inhibit a thief’s ability to manipulate the lock.
•Remove quick-release front wheels, and lock both the wheel and frame together with the “U” lock.
•If the bike seat is easily removable and/or expensive, remove the seat and take it with you.
Students, faculty and staff can help fight campus crime by calling 317-274-7911 to report any suspicious/criminal activity. Police also urge community members to be proactive and protect themselves from becoming victims of either property, bicycle or vehicle theft.