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Police Department - University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

University of Illinois Police Department

Theft prevention

Get an edge on thieves.

Theft is the most common crime on campuses everywhere, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is no exception.

NOTE: Technology Services recently retired the program that enabled university community members to register their WiFi-enabled devices. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we recommend that you continue to write down and store that information in a safe place. Information like manufacturer and model numbers, serial numbers, and MAC addresses can be useful in locating a device if it is ever stolen. A service to register your device with the university was recently retired, but taking note of this information and being able to provide it to police is just as helpful.

Theft is most often a crime of opportunity, and a recent analysis of theft reports on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus shows that as many as 75 percent of thefts can be prevented by locking items away or taking it with you when you leave an area. By following these tips, you can remove the opportunity for thieves to steal your property and significantly reduce your risk of being targeted for theft:

  • Never leave property unattended. Swiping a laptop or backpack only takes a couple seconds. Do not leave items unattended at libraries, next to a gym court or in other public areas — even if you’ll only be gone a minute or two.
  • Always lock doors, windows, vehicles and bicycles. Thieves test door handles and lockers to see if they are unlocked. Most thefts can be prevented simply by locking items away.
  • Write down and store device information in a safe place. Information like manufacturer and model numbers, serial numbers, and MAC addresses can be useful in locating a device if it is ever stolen. A service to register your device with the university was recently retired, but taking note of this information and being able to provide it to police is just as helpful.
  • Use a strong U-lock for your bicycle. Cheap cable locks are easy to break, and thieves know this. By using a good U-lock and locking the bicycle tire and frame to a bicycle rack, most thieves will look past your bicycle in an effort to find one that’s easier to steal.
  • Register your bicycle. Registering your bicycle with the university can make it easier to find if it’s ever lost or stolen. You can register your bicycle at go.illinois.edu/mybike.