Theft is the most common crime reported to UCLA PD. Theft is a crime of opportunity. Make the thieves’ job risky and more difficult, and you stand a good chance of stopping them before they get your property.
Your First Line of Defense
Don’t leave your property unattended, not even for a minute. Yes, it is inconvenient to pack up your belongings every time you use the restroom or grab some fresh air, but having to file a police report is inconvenient too. If your property is stolen, file a police report!
- Do not leave your property in plain view.
- Portable GPS units, cell phones, and laptops are popular items among thieves.
- Take these items with you or secure them in the trunk.
Securing Your Bike
- Use a good quality U-Lock. Avoid cable locks that can be easily cut with small, easy to conceal wire cutters.
- Lock the frame AND the front wheel to the bike rack.
- Lock your bike in an area that is open to public view. Concealed areas give thieves a place to work without being seen.
- Report suspicious persons that you see hanging around bike racks.
- Know your bicycle’s description. Record the color, make, type, and serial number.
This is a popular area for thieves because they mix in well with the crowds. Don’t leave valuables unsecured. Use the lockers or take valuables back to your room.
Wooden Center/Drake Stadium
Don’t leave backpacks unattended while working out. Keep cell phones and keys on your person.
- Don’t leave valuables unattended in common areas.
- Don’t prop doors open.
- Don’t allow unknown persons to follow behind you and enter a key access restricted area.
- Report suspicious people.