So you park your car and quickly run into the convenience store to grab something. You get back to your car and your GPS, MP3 player, and phone are gone. All this happened in just a matter of minutes yet they still managed to walk off with more than $300.00 of your merchandise. You have just fallen victim to theft. Due to these hard economic times, people are finding alternative ways to get nice things besides just simply paying for it. There are ways to help prevent you from becoming a target of theft.
Here are lists of ways to prevent theft:
- Make sure to keep your wallet and cell phone on you at all times (Or any of your expensive electronics)
- After using the break room, make sure that you have all your items with you
- If you have a computer at your desk, avoid autosaving passwords while going on websites such as your own bank’s login name and password. Thieves could access your computer and get your bank account information
- Change your passwords to your computer regularly
- Lock all doors at night and when you are going out
- If you have a Facebook account avoid letting others know that you are going on vacation for a while. For thieves, this could be a golden opportunity to break in
- While on the topic of Facebook, do not announce on Facebook that you have expensive items
- Get your mail put on hold by the post office if you are going on vacation for a while. Thieves will notice that when the mail isn’t being picked up, and assume no one’s home
- Make sure your vehicles are locked
- If you are hiding a key outside, make sure it’s in a spot where you know a thief won’t look (Change up the hiding spot every now and then to throw off anyone who potentially could be watching while you get the hidden key).
- Buy a lock that can connect your laptop to your desk in your dorm room
- When eating at the cafe, don’t leave your items at the table and go get food, bring your stuff with you
- Make sure to ALWAYS keep your dorm room locked (No matter how long you are going to leave the room) If you have a roommate make sure to set rules about locking the door.
- If you really want to keep something protected, bring a safe
- If you live on the first floor of a dorm, shut and lock your windows when out of the room
- When leaving your car unattended, make sure nothing expensive is visible such as a GPS on the window, the Ipod or Ipod cord (Which proves that you have sort of MP3 player)
- Lock all doors when leaving the car unattended no matter how long you will be gone. It only takes a few seconds
- Do not hide a spare key in your vehicle
- Make sure all windows are securely shut. Leaving the window open even a little bit can allow thieves to use tools to pop open the lock
- If you have a detachable cd player, hide it in the glove box
Do you have any ideas that could help prevent theft? Have you been a victim of theft? If so leave a comment and tell us about it.