It’s that time of year again, where the quiet hallways of summer come roaring back to life with the start of the fall semester. As students, staff, faculty, and visitors return to campus it is easy to lose track of our belongings as we are busy getting reacquainted with social interactions. Larceny (theft of personal property) is the most common property crime on college campuses across the nation. Madison College Public Safety would like to share some tips to help keep you and your property safe while on campus.
- Never leave your valuables unattended. Items such as purses, wallets, cell phones, laptops and backpacks should never be left unattended, have someone you trust watch over your items or always take them with you, even if you are just stepping away for a moment.
- Use a locker to store excess items. Lockers are a convenient and safe way to secure your items when you are on campus. To secure a locker, visit the Student Life office or register online.
- Always lock your vehicle. Be sure that any valuables are kept out of sight or locked in the trunk. Hold the remote, fob, or key in your hand to lock your vehicle. This helps to prevent forgetting to lock your vehicle or accidentally locking your keys in the vehicle.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid listening to loud music in your headphones or staring at your phone as you walk around campus. Being alert makes you less likely to be targeted.
- If you see something, say something. If you see any suspicious behavior, witness a crime, or are the victim of a crime on campus, notify Public Safety Services immediately at 608-245-2222. Officers are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
We hope you find these tips helpful and have a safe and successful fall semester!