TIPS ON SAFEGUARDING PERSONAL PROPERTY
Laptops, cell phones, iPads, book bags, purses, and MP3 players are just some of the many items that are reported everyday as being lost, misplaced or stolen in NYC. What can you do to prevent losing or having your valuables stolen? Simply remove the opportunity by following the suggestions below:
IN CLASSROOMS, THE LIBRARY AND OTHER COMMON AREAS
- Do not leave personal property unattended even for a minute.
- While in class, the library, or in common areas, always keep personal belongings in view.
- When using restrooms, do not leave your valuables unattended.
- Try not to bring valuables with you or minimize the amount of valuables that you carry.
- Report any suspicious persons or activities to LIM faculty, library personnel, or to security.
Cell phones have fast become a favorite target of thieves. To reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a cell phone theft, follow these safety tips:
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Thieves may be watching you.
- Use your cell phone security lock.
- Avoid becoming distracted by your cell phone conversation when walking on the street.
- Keep your cell phone out of site. Don't hang it from your purse or jacket.
- Switch the ringer off to avoid attracting the attention.
- Never loan your cell phone to a stranger. In case of an emergency, offer to make the call yourself.
- Consider using hands-free technology.
- If your phone is lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to your cell phone service provider and to the Police.
- If you have an iPhone install the Find My iPhone application on your phone so that the Police will be able to locate it if stolen.
carry a bag that makes you a target. A bag that dangles from the shoulder can be easily yanked off your shoulder by someone coming up from behind.
carry your bag in such a manner that you can't let it go if you have to. Many women have been injured because their own bags acted as handcuffs when a purse snatcher yanked it away.
be aware of your surroundings and carry your bag close to your body, tucked in the bend of your elbow.
minimize the amount of money and credit cards that you carry with you on a daily basis. Divide your money between your pockets and bags.
you are the victim of a purse snatch do not fight to hold onto your bag, especially if there is a weapon involved.
Here are tips to help make your ride on NYC subways a safe and pleasant one. Remember that when you're on the platform, the safest place to wait is behind the yellow line, away from the edge.
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- Be careful not to display money in public.
- Hold on to your purse/bag when using the shoulder strap.
- Keep your purse/wallet out of sight and never put your purse/wallet in your rear pocket.
- Be sure your necklaces, watches and other jewelry are not visible.
- Do not doze or fall asleep on the train.
- Beware of loud arguments or noisy incidents. They could be staged to distract you in order to pick your pocket.
OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC
- Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lit, busy pathways and streets.
- At night, stick to well-lit areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or “short cuts” through isolated areas.
- Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
- If you are being followed, change your direction and go to the nearest business or home; knock on the door, and request that someone call the Police. Note the description of the person following you.
- Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential concealment.
- Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
- Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
- Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it; carry your purse/wallet in an inside coat pocket or your front pant pocket.
- Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
- Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that restrict your movement, for example very high heels.
- Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
- If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.