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Crimes Against Property

  • Purse / Backpack / Tote Bag Protections 
    Never carry anything you can't afford to lose.
    • Carry your purse across the front of your body, with your forearm across the front of the purse and your elbow held tightly against your side.
    • Carry your keys, wallet or other valuables in pockets in your clothes.
    • Carry minimum amounts of cash and credit cards. Keep a record of all of your card numbers.
    • Don't leave it on the seat of your car or out in the open in a vehicle.
    • Keep zippers and flaps secured on backpacks. Do not store wallets and valuables in the backpack.
    • Carry totes that zip or have securable flap closures. Do not carry an open tote.

    Security at ATM's
    Be careful when using an automatic teller machine, especially when getting cash. To increase your level of safety at automatic teller machines, follow these basic guidelines:
    • Try to use the ATM during daylight hours. If you have to get cash at night, go with someone else and only use machines that are visible from a major street and well lit.
    • Look for suspicious people or activity.
    • If you notice anything out of the ordinary, even if you have started a transaction, cancel your transaction and leave.
    • When entering your secret code, use your body as a shield.
    • Always take your transaction receipts and statements.
    • Do not count or display money at the ATM.
    • Do not accept offers of help from anyone you don't know. If you have problems or questions contact your bank.
    • Protect your access code. Memorize your access code; don't write it down and/or carry it with you.
    • Don't use an access code that's the same as other words or numbers in your wallet.
    • Never tell your access code to ANYONE!! (including bank employees, the police, etc.)
    • Never lend your ATM card to anyone; treat it like cash or a credit card.
    • If you lose your ATM card, notify your bank or credit union immediately.
    • Never accept offers of assistance with the ATM from strangers. If you do have problems contact your financial institution.

    Electronic Equipment
    Electronic equipment has become an integral part of the student's personal property inventory and some items are crucial to their academic success. Register all property through the "Operation I.D." program.
    • Document and engrave all personal property and equipment.
    • Registration helps to deter theft and aid in returning recovered property. On the registration form, you will list descriptions of valuable items, serial numbers, and owner engraved.
    • If an item is stolen and you have the serial number and the item is engraved with your Driver's License, the item can be entered in state/national Law Enforcement computer system and can be identified anywhere in the U.S.
    • Registration Forms and Engravers are available in the Public Safety Office.
    • Secure your property within your residence. Lock your door even if leaving for a short while.

    Textbook Theft
    In recent years, students around the country have been the target for thieves who steal textbooks in order to sell them back. They may also be in search of other valuables students leave in their book bags. Here are some steps you can take to prevent this:
    • Always put your name in your book.
    • Avoid leaving books unattended, including in the library, coffee shops, and on the racks by the dining halls.

    Protecting Your Vehicle
    Vehicles in parking lots always present a target for thieves. Here are some steps you can take to diminish the chance that your car will be broken into or stolen:
    • Lock your car whenever it is unattended, both on and off campus.
    • Do not leave expensive property, such as CD cases, purses, radar detectors, cell phones, and portable stereos in plain view in your car. Lock them in your trunk or take them into your residence. Cover up conspicuous stereo equipment. Remember that thieves target after-market stereo equipment, not factory installed equipment.
    • Record the brand, model numbers, and serial numbers of all electronic equipment installed in your car. In the event of theft, give this information to the police. If the equipment is recovered it can be returned to you. Also engrave your driver's license number on this equipment. An engraver is available for your use at the Department of Public Safety. (Operation I.D.)
    • If you live off campus, make every attempt to park your car off the street, if possible. If not, park in a well-lighted area.
    • Use a steering wheel lock when your car is parked. While these devices can be defeated, a thief may decide it's not worth the effort.

    Protecting Your Residence (Res Hall / Co-ops)
    You can take several steps to protect the belongings that you have in your residence.
    The majority of thefts that occur in residence hall/cooperative house rooms happen when the residents are not in but the door is unlocked. Lock the door to your room whenever you leave, even if it is just for a few minutes. Also, lock your door when you will be showering or sleeping. If you live on the ground floor, lock your windows. If you discover that your door or window does not lock, leave a maintenance request to have it repaired. Don't leave exterior doors or inner lobby doors propped open when they should be closed. If you find a window open, close it.
    • Record the serial numbers of valuable objects you have in your room. Engrave such objects with your driver's license number. An engraver is available at the Department of Public Safety for use by students.
    • Do not leave cash, credit cards or checks in unlocked desks or cabinets.
    • Mark clothes with a laundry pen or thread and needle in a spot other than the label.
    • Do not allow people you do not know well to stray overnight in your room.
    • If you see a suspicious person, notify the NJCU Public Safety Department at 201-200-3128. Be prepared to give a description of the person, and tell where you last saw the person and the direction he or she was headed if applicable.

    Protecting Your Residence (Off Campus)
    You can take several steps to protect the belongings that you have in your residence. Lock the doors and windows to your residence whenever you are away and when you are in your residence and may not hear someone enter, such as when you are sleeping. If you have a sliding glass door, secure it further by placing a length of wood on the track on the floor to stop it from opening.
    • If your doors do not already have one, talk to your landlord about getting a deadbolt.
    • Do not leave valuables and expensive equipment in plain view from the outside.
    • If possible get a dog. If this is not possible, make it appear as if you have a dog. Get a large dog bowl and a large chain and keep them in plain view.
    • When you are away from your residence, leave your interior lights on. Use a timer if you will be gone for more than one day.
    • If there is a Neighborhood Watch in your area, join it. This organization will be able to keep your up-to-date on criminal activity in your area.
    • If you will be gone for several days, inform a neighbor you can trust. Stop delivery of your mail and newspaper. Use light timers in several rooms.
    • Record the serial numbers of all your valuables. Engrave your valuables with your driver's license number. An engraver is available for your use at the Department of Public Safety (Operation I.D.)
    • If you have an answering machine, don't leave a message that indicates you are away from home.
    • Use outside lights at each entrance to your residence. Make sure the lights are turned off during the day.
    • If you see a suspicious person, notify the local police. You can reach the police by calling 911. Be prepared to give a description of the person, and tell where you last saw the person and the direction he or she was headed at the time.
    • If you do arrive home to find that your residence has been broken into, do not enter, but go to a public phone or neighbor's house to call the police.

    For more information, please email: publicsafety@njcu.edu or call 201-200-3127 / 3128.