Property crimes on campus often increase at the end of the semester. Theft from vehicles in university parking lots and parking decks is one of the most common types of theft on campus, according to University Police.
Be careful out there.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to reduce your chance of having your property stolen or damaged
1. Use Your Locks
Keep your car and residence hall room locked any time you aren’t there. Prying hands are less likely to take your stuff when it’s secure inside a locked space.
Also, don’t let those “tailgators” follow you into the residence hall unless you recognize them.
2. Keep an Eye on It
Small electrical devices cost hundreds of dollars. Mobile phones, iPads, laptops, and other gadgets are prime targets for those looking to do some burglary or theft. Keep an eye on these devices. Don’t make a thief’s job easy.
3. Situational Awareness
See something, say something, right?
Don’t hesitate to report something odd to your resident assistant or to campus police (479-575-2222).
If something doesn’t quite feel right, it’s possible that it isn’t. Your diligence might save another student from being a victim
4. Use Razorback Patrol and Rave Guardian
University Police are there to help you. Razorback Patrol Escort Service provides officers to escort you whenever you feel you need it.
You can get an escort from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday by calling 479-575-5000.
The university supports the Rave Guardian personal safety app. This free app is available for both iOS and Android.
With this app you can:
- Set a Safety Timer – Notify people you trust to check in on you if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place.
- Manage & Message Your Guardians – Invite family, friends, or others to be your Guardian, and communicate with them within the app as needed.
- Easy Emergency Communication – Call UAPD directly for help if you are in trouble and send text tips – including photos – if you see something suspicious.
- Smart911 Safety Profile – User-created Safety Profiles contain information such as residence details (home and school), medical conditions and much more. When someone requires assistance user Safety Profiles are displayed to UAPD or Smart911 enabled 9-1-1 centers nationwide.