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Fall 2013 Move-In Safety Tips

Move-In Safety Tips

As you prepare to move back to campus for the Fall semester, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind you of a few important safety measures you can take to protect your property.  Moving in presents an opportunity for theft to occur.  Please take a moment to review the following:

  • Never leave property unattended.
  • Keep your residence hall or apartment room locked between trips to the car.
  • After unloading to the curb at your residence hall, have someone stay with your belongings
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle.  If you must leave expensive items inside your vehicle, ensure they are out of plain sight.
  • Find a way to secure your computer, laptop, tablet inside your residence hall.  The Technology Store on campus carries security cables, which are an excellent deterrent to theft.  The UMDPS Crime Prevention Unit also provides S.T.O.P. Tags which can be affixed to your devices to help deter theft.  For more information on S.T.O.P. Tags, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 301-405-7032. 
  • Lock the door to your room: always, every time. Even when you’re just down the hall.

There will be a lot of activity at the entrances to the buildings, in the elevators, and in the halls.  The increased foot traffic makes apartment buildings and residence halls more susceptible to unwanted visitors.  Keep an eye on your belongings.  Have someone watch your things while you move in.

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Please see the DRL website for additional safety and security tips.