The most common items stolen on campus are laptops, wallets, backpacks, bikes and books. For the most part these thefts are crimes of opportunity, with items left out, unprotected or unattended. Please keep all wallets, checkbooks, credit cards and cash on you at all times, and out of sight. Leaving items on desks, in offices or backpacks makes them appreciably more vulnerable to theft. If you do leave these items in your room or office, be sure the door is closed and locked. Ideally, backpacks should be within your view at all times. You also should not leave items (e.g., laptop computer, CD, cell phone, wallet, purse, etc.) visible in your car.
It is advisable for students to insure expensive items through additional insurance policies or family policies. Students are encouraged to record the make, model, serial numbers and other identifying information on computers, electronic equipment, cameras, televisions and other valuable items. These records should be kept in a safe place, other than on your computer.