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Take Steps to Prevent Burglary during Holiday Break

With Thanksgiving break approaching, many residence halls and city residences will soon be vacant, increasing the risk of break-ins and theft. To help reduce the threat of burglary, the Radford University Police Department and the Radford City Police Department offer the following prevention tips to the community:

Off campus

  • Check that all locks are working properly, and report any deficiencies to your landlord or building maintenance personnel before leaving for break.
     
  • Lock all doors and windows before leaving. Double check!
     
  • Secure sliding-glass doors by placing a rod or piece of wood in the track.
     
  • Leave some lights on, and consider using timers to give the illusion that someone is home. Don't leave any clues that you are away.
     
  • Leave a radio on when you are out, or connect a radio to a timer.
     
  • Keep the exterior well lighted.
     
  • Do not leave valuables near entryways or where they can be seen through windows.
     
  • Ask neighbors remaining in the area to watch your property and to report any suspicious activity to police.

On campus

  • Check that all locks are working properly, and report any deficiencies to Residential Life staff before leaving for break.
     
  • Lock all doors and windows before leaving. Double check!
     
  • Close your blinds if you live on the ground floor. Keep your blinds open if you live above the ground floor.
     
  • Secure valuable items in locked closets, or take them with you.

For more information, email Lt. Michael Baker at mbaker@radford.edu.

Nov 12, 2012
Deanne Estrada
(540) 831-6713
djestrada@radford.edu