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Holiday security

Dec. 17, 2013

The holiday season is upon us, and many of you will be traveling to various locations to visit with family and friends, or just simply enjoy a break from the daily grind of classes. But before you head out, remember to protect the contents of your dorm room, apartment, etc. The following are suggestions for protecting your property while you are on holiday.

•If you leave your car on campus, find out where you are supposed to park it and remove all valuables from it. Park in a well-lit location and leave your keys and contact information with a trusted friend.
•If you leave campus during school holidays, store your bicycle in your room or apartment.
•Place valuables that you cannot take with you out of sight in your room/apartment/home and unplug all appliances before you leave.
•For those who have personal property without serial/model numbers, the IU Police Department Indianapolis can engrave personal identifiers unique to the owner on the property.
•If you stay on campus during holidays, be alert to any suspicious people around the residence halls, bike racks or parking lots.
•Call the IU Police Indianapolis immediately to report any unusual activity: 317-274-7911.

If you live off campus and are leaving for vacation:

•Lock doors and windows securely.
•Turn your telephone ringers down low so a burglar won't be alerted to your absence by its ringing.
•Make your house/apartment look occupied; have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers, set televisions and lights on timers, and leave your blinds, shades and curtains in their normal positions.
•Leave your vacation phone number, address and itinerary with a trusted friend so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

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