Theft Prevention

Eliminate the Opportunity of Theft

Did you know that personal property stolen from USC students in year 2010 was valued at more than $764,345.00?  Most of the theft was the result of personal property being left unattended and/or unsecured.

Most thefts reported by staff and students resulted from leaving an apartment room door unsecured and returning, sometimes as little as two or three minutes later, to find that their property was stolen; or a staff or student leaving their property in plain sight within their vehicle.  Other common actions leading to theft include staff and students leaving their property unattended or unsecured on a desk for two or three minutes.

Help us help you by eliminating the opportunities for theft.

Laptops, iPads, and iPods
If a thief wants your property bad enough, he/she will do whatever it takes to get it. Make it difficult to take your laptop by doing the following:

  • Leavey Library has laptop cable locks available for checkout while you are studying at the the Leavey Library. Cable locks are not allowed to leave the library. The library has stationary anchors at most of the study tables. If you are not using a cable lock, then you should:
  • Keep your laptop with you at all times, never leave it unattended.
  • Purchase a laptop cable lock to secure it to a table or stationary post. Cable locks are sold at the university bookstore.
  • Make sure your laptop has a location-based recovery software. This will enable law enforcement to get your laptop back to you.

A strong bike lock (U-shaped) and threading it through the rear frame and tire to a stationary bike rack provides a good defense against bicycle theft. The use of a secondary lock to secure the front tire to the frame is recommended especially for long-term storage (8 hours or more). See examples.

Cell Phones
Most cell phones (patricularly Apple iPhones) are removed from unattended backpacks or book bags. If you are working out in a gym or open track field, purchase or rent a locker, or remove the items from plain view inside your car. Remember, thieves are looking for an easy grab. The Lyon Sports Recreation Center and Cromwell Track field have day use lockers. You will need to use your own personal pad lock.

Android Smartphones
If you own an android phone, we suggest Lookout Mobile Security where you can immediately map the location of your phone in any browser and sound a loud alarm, even if your phone is in silent mode. If your Android is lost or stolen, Lookout Premium enables you to remotely lock it and wipe your personal data.

Property Taken from Vehicles
Thieves often smash the window of a locked vehicle and remove property left in plain view. The most common items taken are GPS navigational units, dash stereos, iPod’s, Backpacks, coins, CD’s, and clothing.

Help us to reduce theft crimes.

  • Portable GPS navigational devices should be removed prior to leaving your vehicle.
  • Do not leave property (coins, CD's, clothing, etc.) in your vehicle in plain view. Secure your valuables in the trunk or remove them from the vehicle completely.
  • Avoid leaving property unsecured and unattended.
  • When you are at the library, checkout a laptop cable lock and secure your laptop at your desk. It’s easy and Free!
  • Lock your apartment or dorm door while away, even for a short while.
  • Keep your windows secured while away from your apartment or dorm room.
  • Do not permit access to unauthorized persons through secured doors under any circumstance.
  • Register your bicycle. This will help in the recovery of your bicycle if stolen.
  • Lock your bicycle to a stationary bike rack. If one is full, choose another rack nearby.
  • Do not leave property in your vehicle, in plain view, especially GPS Navigational Units. Place your property (including loose change) inside the trunk or take it with you.
  • Notify DPS of person’s loitering, or making unauthorized sales or advertising in your building.
  • Report any suspicious activity to DPS.

Other Tips to consider:

  • Safety is a Shared Responsibility. You are responsible for how you conduct yourself in the SC community.
  • Use the Campus Cruiser or Trams to commute within the off campus areas.
  • Program the DPS phone numbers into your cell phone. We are at your service. (213) 740-4321 DPS Emergency, (213) 740-6000 Non-Emergency
  • Be Smart about the choices you make. Do not allow your day to end with regrets. Learn from your and others mistakes.