Tuesday tips for staying safe

Protect your belongings

As the halls begin to flow with more students, staff, and visitors in the coming months, Madison College Public Safety Services wants to remind people to protect their belongings. Crime-trend reports show most thefts occur when someone leaves their belongings unattended or unsecured. Unfortunately, a victim of a purse or backpack theft may also become a victim of identity theft. Madison College Public Safety Services wants to remind you to keep a close eye on your purse, wallet, backpack, office space and to remember the following tips:

  • Take your purse, wallet, cell phone, or backpack with you. If you must leave them in your vehicle, conceal them in your trunk and make sure it is locked.
  • Place your valuables inside a locked locker or drawer when on campus.
  • Never leave your valuables unattended on campus including under a desk, in the Library, Fitness Center or Cafeteria.
  • To reduce your losses, carry as few items as possible in your purse or backpack.
  • Always walk with confidence and be aware of your surroundings. Do not let your cell phone distract you from your surroundings.
  • If any of your valuables are stolen on campus, report the theft immediately to Madison College Public Safety Services 608-245-2222.
  • Contact your debit/credit card provider immediately if you become a victim of a purse or wallet theft.
  • If you need to leave your belongings for a brief moment, ask a trusted classmate or colleague to keep an eye on them.
  • Faculty and staff should always lock their office when they leave, even if other staff are in the area.

Madison College Public Safety Services does not want to see anyone be a victim of theft. Follow these simple steps to lower your chances of becoming a victim and contact Public Safety Services if you ever see suspicious activity on campus.

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