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Off-campus apartment safety during Winter Break

Message from NYS University Police to help you protect your off-campus apartment during Winter Break

Off Campus Community,

Winter break is coming soon and many of you will be leaving your Binghamton homes for a few weeks. Take these recommended precautions so you don't fall victim to a crime. Make sure your personal space and possessions are protected.

Burglars strike homes and apartments in the United States on average once every 15 seconds. If burglars pick your place of residence instead of the one next door, chances are you helped invite them there. Don't be what the police call a "target of opportunity." To keep your home safe while you're out of town, do the following:

■ Leave keys with a neighbor. Don't hide extra keys outside. Burglars will look there first.
■ Ask neighbors to check your home regularly and have a number where you can be reached in an emergency. Know which neighbors you can depend on in an emergency.
■ Leave drapes and shades open to make the house appear occupied.
■ Leave a parked car in your driveway, if possible.
■ Call the Binghamton Police Department at 607-772-7076 to make a vacant-house report. The police will check your house while you are away.
■ Have working lights at all entrances.
■ Have locks on all doors and windows, and use them.
■ If you have air conditioners, remove them from your windows, especially those where there is access to a fire escape. If they can't be removed, make sure they are securely fastened.
■ Do not use your full name on your mailbox.
■ Ask a neighbor to use your garbage cans. Empty garbage cans are clues that you're away.

I hope this information is helpful. On behalf of the New York State University Police Department, have a great winter break!






Last Updated: 1/4/19