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  • Writer's pictureMarty Walt

Tips to Reduce Theft of Personal Property While Away At College

Updated: May 2, 2023



The Insurance Information Institute Inc. offers these four easy ways to reduce the odds that a laptop or other personal property will mysteriously disappear while your student is at school:

  1. Always lock doors. Even if you are just going down the hall to the bathroom or to visit dorm mates, lock your room and keep the keys with you.

  2. Leave expensive jewelry at home. Don’t risk losing fine jewelry or other sentimental items to a thief. For most students, it’s probably wiser to leave such valuables at home.

  3. Engrave electronic items. Computers, televisions, and stereos should be engraved with an identifying number such as your driver’s license number and the state where your family lives. This will help police track any stolen items.

  4. Don’t leave your belongings unattended. Nipping off for a study-break latte and leaving your computer notebook in a library carrel is just the kind of opportunity a thief is looking for.

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