BURGLARY IS A CRIME OF OPPORTUNITY

  • Burglars aim for the easiest targets
  • Thieves generally enter through an unlocked door or window.
  • Most burglars will give up and move on if they can’t get in quickly.
  • Most auto burglaries occur when valuable items are visible.
  • Most thieves will pass over vehicles without valuable items in view.
  • Purchase a timer. Give the illusion that you or someone is at home by keeping a light, television, or stereo on while away from your apartment.
  • Most TV's and cable services are equipped with recorders and timers that allow you to program show on days and evenings. This feature is great without the use of an external timer. Check with your cable provider and/or your TV manual for more information.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or friend watch your house.
  • Have your newspaper and mail delivery suspended.

PREVENT YOURSELF FROM BECOMING A VICTIM

  • Report suspicious activity or persons immediately!
  • Make sure windows & doors are secured prior to leaving.
  • IMPORTANT REMINDER - Remove all valuable items in your vehicle and secure them in the trunk.
  • Take advantage of the FREE parking (above GIFT). There is no charge to park during these dates.
  • For more information about the GIFT program, please call 213-740-6224

If you are leaving for the break

  • Use electronic timers for your interior lights, stereos, or televisions while you are away from your apartment for extended amounts of time. This would give the illusion that someone is at home. Or,
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Talk to your landlord about keeping adequate lighting on and around the building.Avoid leaving valuable property in plain view inside your vehicle.
  • Avoid parking on public streets during the semester break. Free parking will be available to faculty, staff, and students. Visit our Operation GIFT for more information.
  • Make sure you lock your room doors and remove all portable items from your vehicle such as GPS Navigational units, stereo face plates, coins and CD’s from plain view.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or a friend watch your house and have newspaper and mail delivery suspended.
  • Store your bicycle in your room during the holidays.

If you are staying for the break

  • Don’t let anyone in to your building you don’t know.
  • Use electronic timers for your interior lights, stereo, or television while you are away from your apartment for extended amount of time. This would give the illusion that someone is at home.
  • Talk to your landlord about keeping building well lighted.
  • Avoid leaving doors propped open.
  • Avoid leaving valuable property in plain view inside your vehicle.
  • If you see something, "say something." Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to DPS UPC (213) 740-4321, HSC (323) 442-1000 or LAPD (911).
  • For escorts, call DPS after 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM at (213) 740-6000, or (800) USC-TAXI [872-8294]. For more information, click here

Automated Teller (ATM)

  • If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located on campus, at the mall, or a well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
  • Avoid using the ATM in the late evening. Plan your day so you will not be urged to use it during night hours. If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located on campus, at the mall, or a well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need.
  • Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

Shopping

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, and carry only the credit and debit cards you plan to use.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

 At Home

  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house or apartment, even for a few minutes.
  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and have newspaper and mail delivery suspended.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Keep your bicycle in your room during the holidays and when you are away from home.

At the Office

  • Be sure to secure all personal valuables while at the office and take them with you when you leave for Winter Recess.
  • Secure your filing cabinets and desk drawers.

Driving

  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels.
  • Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Parking Your Vehicle Park in well lighted areas.

  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • When approaching and leaving your vehicle be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  • Be alert and watchful for strangers nearby when placing items in the trunk of your vehicle.
  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
Stranger at Your Door
  • Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
  • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
  • Ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate. Donate to a recognized charitable organization.
Be Aware of Charity Scams
Many good-willed individuals express their generosity by giving to those less fortunate. As such, the winter months also present the opportunity for scam artists to take advantage of the kindness and compassion of others. When giving, remember to use your head, as well as your heart. The Federal Trade Commision Charity Scams has helpful information and resources to aide you in prevention of becoming a victim.

 

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  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.