Police: Safety tips while you’re away for the holidays

Police: Safety tips while you’re away for the holidays
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The University of Wisconsin Police Department is offering advice to those that will be away from the UW-Madison campus for the holiday on how to ensure their valuables and property stay secure.

Preparation and planning can go a long way in ensuring your valuables do not get into the wrong hands, police said.

Here are some tips from the UWPD:

Lock your apartment and office doors and windows before leaving for the holidays.
Burglars frequently target cash, laptops, bikes, jewelry, and electronics. Don’t leave attractive items out in plain sight. If possible, store them in a locked drawer, closet or interior room. Better yet, take small valuables with when you leave.
Close your curtains and shades and set a timer for lamps.
Temporarily stop mail and newspaper delivery.
Let your landlord, property owner, or co-worker know how long you’ll be gone and how you can be reached in the event of a problem.
Record serial numbers for expensive items, cameras, bicycles, etc.
If you own a moped, remember that it can’t be stored inside a university residence hall. Make sure to use an external locking device around a tire to prevent theft.
To help prevent the risk of accidental fire, make sure to unplug large electrical appliances, including computers, stereos, or microwaves.