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Lock Up Your Stuff!

With Thanksgiving Recess and Winter Break on the horizon, remember to secure your living area as you travel over the holidays. Have a roommate? Don’t assume they will lock up. These simple steps can keep your room or home off a burglar’s must-visit list:

  • Close and lock all doors and windows; close the curtains too.

  • Do not leave valuable items near windows. Make a list of your valuables and record any serial numbers.

  • Lock sliding doors and place a bar in the tracks of the door.

  • Do not hide spare keys outside.

  • Buy a timer to turn on exterior and interior lights at a pre-determined time.

  • Hold your mail and daily newspapers until you’re back.

  • Ask a trustworthy neighbor to watch over the house while you are away.

  • Turn on the security alarm if you have one.

If you return home and something looks questionable (slit screen, broken window, open door, etc.) do not go inside.  Go elsewhere and call 911. 

For more information visit the U.Va. Police crime prevention Web page.