Guard Your Belongings from Theft
You wouldn’t want to live without your computer, iPod, and other valuables. Here are some smart ways to protect them:
• Don’t store all your valuables in the same place. Make anyone who wants your stuff search for it.
• Keep your room and vehicle locked when moving in. The beginnings and endings of semesters are prime times for theft.
• Engrave valuable items—like your laptop or bike—with your driver’s license number so police can track them.
• Change your locks if you lose a key.
• Use “we are unable to come to the phone right now” on your outgoing voice message. Never reveal that you’re not at home or live alone.
• Never open the door to strangers. Ask their identity if you don’t know them.
• Ask for ID from repair and utility workers. Call your landlord or residence hall frond desk to verify any unexpected visit.
• Obtain renter’s insurance. Check with your family insurance agent to see if the contents of your apartment, house, or residence hall room are already covered under your family policy.
• If you have expensive computers, cameras, jewelry, and other expensive items, make sure the renter’s insurance covers their full value. You may have to add something extra to a basic policy.
• Make a written list or photo CD of your valuables. Keep it in a safe deposit box or fireproof box.