Public Safety Advisory - April 29, 2013

To: University Community

From: Jeff Talbott, Director of Public Safety

Date: April 29, 2013

Subject: Safety Bulletin – Cell Phone Thefts

The theft of cell phones from individuals has increased dramatically both locally and in a nationwide trend. While the University of Redlands has not experienced a large amount of cell phone thefts, college campuses near us have had a significant number of such occurrences. With cell phones being more advanced and costly, they have become increasingly more susceptible to theft. One of the reasons for this trend is the data typically stored within smart phone technology makes them highly valuable on the illegitimate resale market not only as communication devices, but also as a means to retrieve information on other accounts as well as personal identity theft.

As a reminder, the University Community is reminded to take precautions in order to protect your cell phone and ensure your personal safety.

• Never leave your cell phone unattended, it only takes a second for it to be stolen. Keep your phone secure and out of sight. When possible, always keep your phone deep inside your pocket or purse when it is not in use.

• Never reveal your PIN code or SIM Lock code under any circumstances, unless a verified authorized party is legitimately requesting it. Register your phone with your network provider and enable GPS tracking of the device. If your phone is stolen, report the loss to Public Safety, the local police department and your service provider immediately.

• When using your cell phone, always remain aware of your surroundings. A common practice is for thieves to approach from behind, grab the cell phone from an unsuspecting person, and flee the area within seconds.

• Immediately report any suspicious persons or activities to Public Safety.

Our highest priority remains the safety and security of our campus community members. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Safety at (909) 748-8888 or ext. 8888 from any campus phone.