DPS would like  to encourage students living in off-campus housing to take the following steps to reduce the risk of home burglary this semester.  If you are renting, these are things you should discuss with your landlord:

1. Check that your apartment windows are equipped with functional locks.  First level windows are often used as a point of entry for criminals.  Always secure these windows before leaving your home, day or night.  If you are leaving for an extended period of time (vacation, spring break, etc.) remove air conditioners from first level windows to prevent access to residence.

2. Ensure that your individual apartment door(s) is equipped with a sturdy, functional locking system (preferably with a dead bolt) and always keep your door(s) locked. Also be sure that both the keys and locks have been changed.

3. Check that the exterior of the house is well lit and that any shrubs, hedges, etc. around the perimeter are not overgrown.  Interior lighting at night is important too.  Invest in light timers to keep your home lit at night.  Good lighting is a great deterrent!

4. Network with other residents and agree to keep the main, front door secured at all times. Unlocked doors to apartment buildings is an ongoing problem contributing to risk of theft from residences. Secured doors decreases the risk of theft of personal property.

Please contact the Department of Public Safety, Crime Prevention Unit with questions or concerns regarding residential safety.  (401)863-1438