It only takes a few seconds and it’s gone! Your cell phone, wallet, backpack filled with books or clothes. You just walked away for a minute to get a coffee or say “hello” to a friend and then you turn around and your belongings are gone!
Better Safe Than Sorry!
You want to think the best of people, but let’s face it, it can be bad out there. No one wants to be the victim of theft, so it’s always best to be proactive and protect your belongings.
Don’t Make It Easy!
Theft is an opportunity crime. A thief will always choose a target that is easy. So think of these tips to not be the easy target:
- Don’t leave laptops, electronic devices, purses and wallets unattended or left in an unsecured room or facility.
- Close windows and lock doors (residential or academic) when you leave a room. They can be a point of entry for a thief when we are not there.
- Always lock your car doors.
- Don’t share keys, swipe cards or proximity cards. If you should lose one of these access items, contact the responsible area to have it deactivated and reissued.
See Something…Say Something!
- If you see unattended items or suspicious items, contact University Police and allow us to ascertain the owner and either secure it or return it to the proper owner.
- If you do become the victim of theft, contact University Police right away. Don’t wait to report a crime. The sooner the police are notified, the better chance for recovery and perhaps preventing another crime from happening.
Every community member has a responsibility for our shared safety. The University Police Department is always here to help, create solutions and maintain a safe environment. Small steps get us an awful long way in preventing crime.
Chief Paul M. Cell
Montclair State University Police Department