by Harlow Meno, Program Manager, Eugene Police Department Crime Prevention
Thieves are well-aware that students often return to school in the fall with brand new electronic gear, ripe for the plucking. At middle and high schools, stolen goods are often left unsecured on the sides of playing fields or in lockers. At college, they are often left on desks in the library, in cars (locked or unlocked), or in unsecured housing—even while you’re home. Along with electronics, bicycles are stolen on a daily basis in our community.
If you are a parent, be aware that theft prevention may not yet be on the radar for your students. Relying solely on them to take security measures may not be realistic. It may be beneficial for you to take a proactive approach to protect your investments on your student’s behalf.
What can you do?
- Register bicycles with the police on line at www.eugenepolice.com . Select “crime prevention,” select “bicycle safety,” then click on “bicycle registration application.”
- If you are a student or faculty member at the University of Oregon, register your bicycle with the University of Oregon Police Department on campus.
- Always lock your bicycle with a high quality lock.
- Write down serial numbers for all electronic gear as well as bicycles.
- Consider engraving property with your own markings, such as your Oregon Driver’s License number, formatted like this: OR1234567DL.
- Take pictures of all your belongings.
- Check with manufacturers to see if your electronic items have “tracking” capability. Almost anything that connects to the internet may have this feature, but in almost all cases it needs to be turned on before it is stolen to do you any good.
- If tracking ability is not already built in, consider downloading it from companies like www.preyproject.com, www.absolute.com or www.gadgettrak.com
- Don’t leave anything in your car!
- Always lock your doors and windows at home, and don’t leave valuables such as wallets or purses on display right inside that door or window.
If you take the measures listed above, your odds of retrieving stolen property improve dramatically.
For more information call (541) 682-5137 or e-mail the Eugene Police Department at firstname.lastname@example.org