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Residence Hall Tips

Theft, usually a crime of opportunity, is by far the most common crime in residence halls. Thefts are most often committed by persons you or your roommates allow into your residence.

Burglary (entering your residence with the intent to commit a crime), is also a problem but can usually be prevented by taking simple precautions.

Last, but most important, is your personal safety. The chances of physical attack or rape can be greatly reduced by being cautious and alert.


  • Leave valuables, particularly jewelry, at home if it is not necessary to have them at your campus residence.
  • Keep your door locked even when you’re at home. It’s easy for others to enter your residence without you knowing, particularly if you’re in a back room or if your stereo or television is playing.
  • Call the Security Department to report suspicious persons.
  • Record the make, model, and serial number of valuables and keep the records in a safe place.
  • Engrave your property with your driver license number.
  • Report lost keys to your residence to housing staff immediately.
  • Check the area for suspicious persons before walking to or exiting your vehicle.
  • Discuss these crime prevention tips with your roommates and floormates.
  • Report crimes to the Security Department as soon as possible.


  • Allow strangers or hold large gatherings in your residence. It is easy for someone to steal small items without being noticed.
  • Prop open exterior building doors. You are jeopardizing other’s safety, as well as your own.
  • Let strangers into the buildings.

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