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Prevention Services: Safety & Prevention

Crime Prevention

The following are some tips for prevention of the most common crimes. Please note the section pertaining to the prevention of computer theft and other computer related crimes. For more crime prevention information, please contact Police Services (656-3473).

Your Safety:

AT WORK:
  • Create a safety plan with your colleagues
  • Be aware of your environment - you are the best judge of who "belongs" in your workplace. Trust your instincts - unusual or suspicious circumstances should be reported to Police Services at 6-3473
  • If you must work alone before or after normal business hours, lock your work area
  • Re-secure propped doors. Report repeated offenses to Police Services at 6-3473
  • Report defective lighting, locks or phones to Service Operations at 6-2560
  • Check elevators before entering. Before/after hours, consider using the stairs rather than the elevator
WHEN YOU PARK:
  • Park in an area that will be well lit when you return
  • Lock your car. Lock valuables in the trunk or hide then from view
  • Don't get in your car until you have checked the inside, especially the back seat
  • Before driving, lock your doors and put on your seatbelt
WHEN YOU ARE WALKING:
  • Body language counts! Walk with confidence. Show that you are aware and in control
  • Whenever possible, walk with at least one other person
  • Use well lit, well traveled routes. Consider using public transportation after dark
  • When approaching your car or your door, get your keys out in advance. Don't fumble for your keys at the door
  • Consider carrying a small, readily available, high-intensity flash light
  • If you feel that you are being followed look directly at the person, awareness is often a deterrent
  • If a follower persists, head toward a well lit, occupied area and call the police (9-1-1)
  • Keep your cell phone battery charged and consider carrying a backup
  • Before you leave in the evening, consider calling someone to tell them where you are, where you're going, the travel route you're taking, and when you expect to call them to advise that you've arrived.
IF YOU ARE VICTIMIZED:
  • When faced with robbery, surrender your valuables, don't risk your life for your property
  • If you are assaulted, be realistic about your response. Only you can decide whether or not to resist!
  • As soon as safety permits, you are encouraged to report any crime to the police

Your Computer:

The popularity of personal computers and computer equipment has created a major concern for computer security. Most modern computers are lightweight and compact, making it easy to move from place to place. This is as convenient for you as it is for a thief. The ease in moveability, combined with an excellent resale value, makes this equipment extremely attractive to a thief.

PREVENTING A THEFT:

Your computer is an investment that you cannot afford to lose. For this reason,

UVM Police Services would like to offer these suggestions on securing your computer and computer equipment:

NEVER LEAVE YOUR ROOM UNLOCKED AND UNOCCUPIED:
A thief with a target in mind only needs minutes to accomplish his task.
RECORD THE SERIAL NUMBER OF EACH PIECE OF EQUIPMENT:
Store this information in a safe place that is quickly accessible if the items are stolen.
JOIN OPERATION IDENTIFICATION:
Have your computer equipment permanently marked with an identifying number that can be traced back only to you. UVM Police Services loans engravers to students or an officer will assist you with the engraving. Call 656-3473 for more information.
REPORT SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE
and activities to UVM Police Services.
BUYING A LOCKING DEVICE:

Secure your computer and computer equipment to a table top. There is a wide variety of computer locking devices available to consumers today to physically secure their computers and computer equipment. These devices include: electronic monitors, adhesive pads, jigsaw puzzle mazes, locking cables and bolting systems. The University Bookstore offers some locking devices or contact UVM Police Services for more information at 6-3473.

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NEVER:
  • Accept software from strangers
  • Input software from network bulletin boards
  • Share diskettes with outsiders
  • Use or make illegal duplicates of software
  • Post password, near terminal or include password in file
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ALWAYS:
  • Disguise titles from the casual browser
  • Keep your password and PIN a secret; never share them with others
  • Log off when you leave your workstation
  • Lock down hardware.
  • Keep magnets away form workstation and diskettes

Operation Identification:

UVM Police Services has a form that will assist you in logging your computer and computer equipment. A copy of that form can be kept on file at UVM Police Headquarters. For more information, and to receive this form, e-mail: police@uvm.edu with subject heading of "Operation Identification".

If you do not receive the form within 14 days please re-submit request to police@uvm.edu For more on UVM computer policies and guidelines,
see the Information Technology web page: http://www.uvm.edu/it/

Report computer abuse at Report.Abuse@uvm.edu

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