Theft

Theft - Emergency Guide

Theft guideWhat is the situation?

Most crimes reported to the police involve property rather than personal danger. Some simple precautions can cut down your risk.

What should I do?

  • Always lock your car and close the windows. Never leave money, electronics or other items visible in your car.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lighted and heavily traveled area.
  • Don't leave backpacks, purses, laptops, tablets or phones unattended, even for a moment. It's far too easy for someone to grab these items and run.
  • Enable a required login password or code on your laptop and other mobile devices and enable encryption when possible.
  • Be suspicious. Don't open a building or lab for a stranger who doesn't have a key. Report any suspicious behavior to Campus Safety as soon as possible.
  • Identify your belongings with "property of..." so it's harder for someone to pass them off as their own.
  • Keep a written record of your valuables, including serial numbers and detailed descriptions (model number, color, etc.).

 

Did You Know?

Nine out of 10 of UW Bothell students are from the state of Washington.