Date: December 16, 2013
To: All University Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Re: Checklist — Before You Leave for Winter Break
Whether You Live on or off Grounds:
- Lock doors and windows.
- Take valuables with you. Electronics, such as laptops, cellphones, and game systems, are often what robbers seek when they break into student housing. Take these with you, or at the very least, lock them up out of sight.
- Turn off lights, and disconnect any unnecessary appliances and equipment.
- Draw shades and blinds in apartment windows.
- Take your bicycle inside. This will be safer than leaving it outside.
- Remember to take your key(s) and ID with you.
In Your Apartment or House off Grounds:
- Keep your activities for departure and return confidential by not posting them on social media sites.
- Make sure the last person leaving your apartment or suite locks the main door.
- Purchase one or more light timers, preferably the ones with multiple settings (about $12 each). These will enable you to leave lights on in the residence and have the appearance of occupancy.
- Have your mail held so it will not build up or overflow in your mailbox.
- Once you return, if you see evidence that your room or apartment has been entered or vandalized, do not enter. Call 911 immediately.
- Call 911 anytime that you notice activities or individuals that seem suspicious. The police want to help by checking out these situations.
As you finish up exams and prepare to leave the Grounds for an extended period, please take a few moments to secure your apartment or room. These tips have been provided by the Charlottesville Police Department, whose officers sometimes find that student housing has been left unsecure and burglarized over the holidays.
Good luck to those of you finishing up the semester. Please travel safely, and enjoy a relaxing, joyous break with your family and friends.
Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer