March 3, 2012:
As Spring Break 2012 approaches, the Greenville Police Department wants to remind college students of the need for securing their apartments and vehicles before they leave Greenville to head for their Spring Break destination.
Apartment and vehicle break-ins are crimes of opportunity. Remember that you hold the key to keeping your apartment, your car, and your community safe. Here are some safety tips to consider:
- Before you leave for Spring Break, do a security sweep and make certain all of your apartment windows are locked and your shades drawn closed.
- Maintain a list of serial numbers for your most valued items such as computers, gaming consoles, ipods, and televisions—just in case.
- If you live in multi-student apartments, lock your bedroom doors.
- Remove valuables, including book bags that could be perceived to contain something valuable, from any car which you may leave parked while you are away.
- Use a timer switch to keep lights operating, to give the appearance of occupancy while you are away.
- Communicate with your property manager. Ask them to hire short-term security. Let them know if any room-mates are staying in the apartment and ask them to also be on the lookout for strangers in the area.
- Leave outside lighting turned on around your front door, patio, or deck area, and use a timer or motion sensors to activate outside lighting during the night.
- Be certain to deadbolt lock your outside door, and lock any sliding glass doors with a locking bar in the tracks.
- If you are staying in the apartment complex during Spring Break, call the police if you see any strangers walking around the buildings or driving through the parking lot.