University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

November 2015
November Break Is Almost Here!
 
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In This Issue...


Welcome
Keep Your Stuff Safe
Ice Sculpture? No, Thanks!
Research then Give
Do You Use the City Loop?
Submit a Story
Contact Us

November 2015


It is nearly mid-November and there is plenty left to do between exams, papers, events, and activities. But break is tantalizingly close. It is easy to skip over preparations for being away for break, but this time of year is exactly when extra care should be taken. As Lt. Matt Sullivan from the Burlington Police Department shared recently, there is a HUGE spike in reported burglaries after students return from break. So in this issue we are focusing on safety - both of your stuff and you. Good luck on finishing up strong, having a restful break, and returning to a peaceful situation when you return.

Emily, Gail, & John

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Leaving for Break,
Secure Your Apartment


Burglaries and larcenies are usually crimes of opportunity. Whether you are going home during an extended university break, or are just leaving town for a couple of days, the following tips are ways to increase the security of your residence:
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked and close your curtains and blinds.
  • Do not hide spare keys in places outside.
  • Arrange for a friend, neighbor whom you trust, or the landlord to watch over your house while you are away.
  • Take anything of value home with you. Don’t leave any valuable items near windows.
  • Stop mail and paper delivery or arrange for a friend/neighbor to pick it up daily.
  • Bring bikes indoors if you can.
If something happens, call the Burlington police (658-2700). If you kept serial numbers in a property log, you have a better chance of getting your stuff back - after last November break UVM Polices Services recovered dozens of bike seats but could not return them to owners because few reported the thefts. Police also track patterns and may be able to figure out who is responsible, so even if you don't get your stuff back you may prevent future crimes.

If you do suffer a burglary you can also call the Parallel Justice Program for victims of crime to see what kind of resources and support they can provide to you (540-2394). Registering your possessions on the UVM Police Services website and purchasing Personal Property Insurance or Renter's Insurance ahead of time can also help cover losses due to theft.

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Ice Sculpture? No, Thanks!


Photo of a typical college apartment with a series of ice stalagtite and stalamites in the middle of the room.

We wish you well as you begin to wrap up work before November Break. Keep these tips in mind if you plan to leave town for an extended period of time:
  • Keep thermostat above 55 degrees in your apartment to avoid frozen pipes.
  • Open the doors below your kitchen sink to allow warm air to get to them.
  • Keep interior doors open to so there is a little heat in each room.
  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked and close your curtains and blinds - this keeps your home from prying eyes and also keeps in more heat.
  • Make sure the LAST person to leave the apartment for break knows to do all these things.
In freezing temperatures, it doesn't take long for things to go very wrong. If you are responsible for the damage, it could cost you thousands in repairs. Even, if it isn't your fault, you will still lose all your damaged property - another good reason to get renter's insurance.

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Research then Give

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This time of year is a time of thinking of others, so it is natural that most people give between now and New Year's. But it important to keep a few things in mind if you want to give. Some so-called charities give as little as 0.3% of their budgets to the causes they are asking donations for! Here are some points to keep in mind:
  • A random call or email from a charity can be a warning flag. Always check out the charity online before giving
  • Give on your own time - don't let someone pressure you into giving during an unsolicited call or in person.
  • People in VT love local, keep it going by giving to local non-profits that have a record of using such money wisely.
There are plenty of good guides on safer giving and charities that give significantly more than 0.3% of their contributions for good. Here is an article that has plenty of great information on giving to charities.

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Important Public Transit Meeting

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Event: Dec 2, 2015
5:30 PM
City Loop (#8):

Potential Route Change Proposed removal of southeastern leg: South Prospect Street & Robinson Parkway stop, South Prospect Street & Cliff Street stop and Cliff Street & Summit Street stop will no longer be served. CCTA 15 Industrial Parkway Burlington, VT 05401

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend to offer comments regarding these changes. Written public comments can also be sent by December 1st to: info@cctaride.org or CCTA 15 Industrial Parkway Burlington, VT 05401.

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Submit A Story Idea


Have a great idea for a story? Know about something other students need to know that we haven't covered? Just send us a quick email and we will follow up!

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