Don't let a thief RIP you off!!!
Most thieves look for things that are easy to grab and easy to keep or sell without anyone asking questions. Reduce your chances of being a target.
1. Keep track of your belongings. Don't leave them where someone can pick them up--empty classrooms, the library, dining hall, study lounges, etc.
2. Don't flash your cash or brag about your credit cards or valuables.
3. To protect and identify your large property items, engrave your driver's license and state on an area that can not be easily dismantled and which is not easily seen.
4. Record your credit card numbers, property information including serial numbers, and your vehicle information including VIN number. This will allow you to keep track of important information that the police will require in the event a theft occurs.
5. Take inventory of your small items including jewelry and other valuables. Keep this with your other important papers for easy access. Update this information when necessary.
6. Check your bank statement to ensure that all of the checks were written by you or an authorized user of your account.
Take Charge of Your Credit Cards
Pay attention--note extra charges!
1. Watch your credit slip being filled out. Make sure you have received your card once the transaction has taken place.
2. Destroy carbons, but keep all credit card receipts. Check them against your monthly statements.
3. Destroy every credit card that is out of date. Cut in pieces and throw it away.
4. Make a list of your major credit cards, their account numbers, and the phone numbers to call if they are lost or stolen.
5. If you get ripped off or just lose track of any credit cards, call the bank immediately.
6. At ATM machines, pay attention to your surroundings. Assure yourself that no one is waiting around to steal your information or money.
"RIP" TIPS -- To Insure property protection
1. Never leave an ID tag on your key ring. If your keys are stolen, it could help a thief find your car and/or burglarize your home.
2. Don't leave important papers or credit cards in the glove compartment of your car.
3. Don't share your keys, ID, or credit cards with anyone.
4. Do not leave notes on your door to let people know you are gone or when you are coming home.
5. When you are in the library or a student lounge, take your stuff with you when you leave the table. Purses, keys, wallets, backpacks, calculators, etc. are easy targets.
6. Report anything that seems suspicious, even if you are not sure.