Be sure your office or laboratory is locked by the last person to leave the area at the end of the day. Distribute keys to authorized personnel only. Students’ or employees’ private possessions which are stored on campus are not covered under University insurance policies.
Consider bolting expensive equipment such as computers and audiovisual equipment to stationery objects to discourage theft.
Maintain accurate inventories of all equipment valued over $1,000.00. This will speed the replacement of equipment if stolen because a record exists and the loss can be substantiated.
(The University’s Asset inventory control system centrally tracks only equipment whose value is less than $5,000.00.)
Establish a check-out system for any equipment loaned or removed. Without evidence of theft, a missing item becomes a case of "mysterious disappearance," which is not covered by insurance.
For more information contact UVM Police Services at 656-3473.