RENO, Nev. -- After recent incidents of theft and burglaries on the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) campus, the UNR Police Chief reminds people there are a few simple ways to help make sure you and your valuable items are safe.
In a press release, UNR Police Chief Adam Garcia said, "Criminals are opportunists who take advantage of any occasion to enrich themselves. If no opportunity is offered, the criminal will go elsewhere. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim."
Listed here are the behaviors Chief Garcia would like everyone to practice:
* Do not leave personal property in public areas. Purses, textbooks and other items not being monitored by the owner are an invitation to a thief.
* Carry only what you need with you. Do not carry large amounts of cash, large numbers of credit cards or valuables.
* Be aware of your surroundings.
* Keep your distance from anyone who triggers a suspicion in your mind.
* Walk with friends at night; do not walk alone.
* Stay alert to your surroundings when walking at night. Walk briskly to your destination.
* Immediately report any suspicious activity [on or near campus] to University Police Services by calling the duty phone at (775) 745-6195 or 911.
* Keep your door locked at all times.
* Do not leave valuables openly lying around in your room or office.
* Mark all your valuables so that they may be identified if they are stolen and recovered.
* Keep locked access doors and windows closed. Propping open a locked door or window invites unwanted visitors.