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Monday, December 9, 2013

SU Police Offer Winter Break Crime Prevention Tips

University PoliceSALISBURY, MD---Many students will be away from their off-campus apartments/houses during Winter Break. In years past, some off-campus residences have been burglarized. The Salisbury University Police Department offers crime prevention tips to help students make their homes and themselves safer while away during the holidays:


  • Before leaving, secure the residence.
  • Have good locks on doors and windows and use them.
  • Make sure the residence looks lived in, not empty.
  • Leave curtains and blinds in a normal position.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch the residence.
  • Stop all mail and newspaper deliveries.
  • Use timers to turn lights, a radio or television on and off.
  • Turn the phone's ringer off or down.
  • Do not announce an absence on your answering machine.
  • Try to leave at least one vehicle in the driveway while gone.
  • Take all valuables from the home.
  • Ask the local police to check the home while away:
  • Salisbury City Police: 410-548-3165
  • Wicomico County Sheriff's Office: 410-548-4891
  • Fruitland Police: 410-548-2804

On the road:

  • Never carry large amounts of cash. Use travelers’ checks.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Be very careful with bus or airplane tickets; keep them secure.
  • Be sure luggage is locked.
  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Always keep vehicle doors locked.
  • Check the back seat before entering the vehicle.
  • Never hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.

While staying at a hotel:

  • Keep room keys or cards in a safe place.
  • Request a key or card without the room number on it.
  • Use the peephole to identify anyone requesting entry.
  • Close all curtains while away from the room.
  • Those feeling uneasy about going to the laundry or gym should have someone go with them or let the front desk know they are going.

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