The UM Police Department is working very hard to prevent crime University wide, but alone we will not succeed.  You must do your part.  Use common sense and don’t make yourself or your property easy prey for criminals.  Take advantage of programs, services and education material, and all of the safety tips and information found links on the UMPD website.

PREVENTION TIPS AND INFORMATION

The tabs to your rights and links under “Crime Prevention and Victim Information are intended to help you learn and educate yourself on how best to better stay safe. By taking steps to protect yourself and your property, your experience on the Coral Gables Campus and University wide should be crime free. The University of Miami is a safe place and we intend to remain that way with your cooperation. If you are a student, faculty or staff, always have your ‘Cane Card ready to use.

The gate house is staffed to help provide information to campus guests and screen vehicles entering campus after hours.Be patient, the guard is trying to assist other drivers. If you have a ‘Cane Card, consider using the right lane as an expeditious alternative. Standford Gate Hours.

Don’t forget to review the Campus Safety and FAQ’s information on the UMPD website. UMPD safety tips and links provided for the user who would like additional information is about how to better assist you in remaining safe. If you choose a subject and the information is not available or if you don’t see safety information pertaining to a topic you may have, simply contact the University’s Crime Prevention Officer.  Crime Prevention is defined as the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk, and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it. You can have a significant effect upon the security of your residence by taking a few moments to assess its weaknesses and a few more moments to take simple actions (many of which cost nothing but your time or a bit of physical exertion) to eliminate or strengthen those weaknesses. Whether you are a tenant or own your residence does not materially affect your ability to take action to prevent crime; if you rent, however, you must seek permission from the owner or agent for the property where you reside to make any permanent changes to those premises.

GENERAL PRACTICE

SECURITY AND CONVENIENCE
Security and convenience are mutually exclusive; you can’t change one without affecting the other. Security is never convenient, and convenience usually degrades security. Only you can decide what is the appropriate mix of security and convenience for you. Some of these decisions are “no-brainers”, whether to have a lock on your entrance doors, for instance. Others are less obvious, and many are counter-intuitive. You have to THINK about security, and security needs to be one of your personal priorities. In on campus residential housing and off campus rental properties, at least some of these choices have been made for you, and there are consequences should you avoid or defeat the security procedures and devices, which have been installed, for your protection.

INVENTORY PROPERTY
In order to protect your property you have to learn to “think like a thief”. Consider how a criminal might attack you, or your belongings, and eliminate as many of the opportunities or vulnerable points as you can. Theft of computers, computer equipment, LCD projectors, and other portable property is a problem that has been plaguing educational institutions across the country.Sometimes, property is recovered that cannot be returned to it’s rightful owner because law enforcement personnel cannot determine who the owner is.This is why it is so important that each department maintain a list of its equipment and serial numbers. The serial numbers can be entered into State and National computer systems if the property is stolen. If the property is recovered the owner can be identified from these State and National databases, and the property can be returned.

Use the link below to get a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to track your equipment records.If any of the items are stolen, the serial number and other pertinent information can be added to the police report.

Sample Inventory List

After opening the file, click file, save as.., choose a name and location and save the file to your local drive for your own use.After completing the inventory, keep a copy in your office and a backup in a safe location in case it is ever needed. Don’t forget to update your list and backups as new items are purchased and old items are discarded.

UNATTENDED and UNSECURED PROPERTY
Leaving property unattended and unsecured is risky business.  University of Miami Police statistics show that 50-80% of all crime on campus is theft of unattended or unsecured property.  If you leave your property unattended to get a drink or visible in your parked car, dont expect it to be there when you get back.  UMPD strongly recommends that you take your property with you or locked and out of sight at all times.

Items such as cell phone, backpacks, i-pods, etc. should be kept with you at all times or locked in a secured location.  Universities and Colleges across the nation have noted that Institutions of Higher Education are prime grounds for computer theft.  For most college students, personal computers are more than just a tool to write a term paper on, is their identity (i.e. banking, bill payments, shopping, etc.).  A college students laptop is one of the most important pieces of property he/she will have throughout their academic career, and therefore, should be secured as such
Standard practices to reduce the possibility of having your private information stolen or accessed include:

Using a cable lock: While there is no substitute to having your computer with you when out and about, cable locks help deter would-be thieves.  It is also important to note that using a cable lock is not a foolproof method to keeping your property secured.

Having your bank, credit card and other information securely stored in a secondary location will help you close out accounts faster if your computer is stolen.
Implementing Security Software: computers can be “hacked” while on-line or accessed after being stolen; therefore, it is important to keep your private information inaccessible to cyber and common thieves.  Constantly updating your system with firewalls, anti-virus and data encryption software to keep your information secured.

REMEMBER, there is no substitute to keeping your property with you at all times.  UMPD highly recommends that you keep your property safe and secured and if possible out of sight to prevent from becoming a victim to theft of unattended and unsecured property.For additional information, contact the Crime Prevention Office at 305-284-1105.

SECURITY IN THE OFFICE
-Lock your office when you leave, EVERY time you leave. Laptop computers, cell phones, wallets and purses have been stolen in less than two minutes. The thief was never seen.
-Lock purses, wallets and valuables in your desk when you are away.
-Do not carry more cash than you absolutely need.

Be alert for strangers loitering in the work area.Many thieves will hang around an office waiting for an opportunity to steal. If approached, they will say they are waiting for a professor (they can get a name from any door to sound convincing). If you are suspicious, politely ask what class they want to see the person for or the nature of their business.If they don’t have the right answers, call the police. Keep in mind that many opportunistic thieves will try to blend into the environment. They will try to dress and act like students, delivery persons, or maintenance personnel. If something about a person seems out of place (the uniform is not quite right, not the usual delivery person, etc.), listen to that little voice inside of you and report the suspicious person to the police.

PERSONAL INFORMATION - SAFETY TIPS
In the University setting, check to make sure your personal information isn’t disseminated inappropriately. Instructors should not list your social security number with your name, for instance, and your RA (Resident Advisor) shouldn’t post your name, room and phone number together in any location accessible to casual visitors or passers-by. While having an unlisted your telephone number costs extra with some providers, the privacy may be worth the cost. Bear in mind, however, that your unlisted number will not prevent random malicious calls or telephone solicitation.