With the ability to re-sell textbooks, post anything on Craig's List or even eBay, almost everything you own could have value. Even your jacket could be sold to a local consignment shop. So next time you leave a coat or a textbook on a library chair or in your dorm study room, don't be surprised if you become the next victim of dorm theft.
... Part II will focus on ways to limit room theft.Dorm Theft Prevention - Part II
How do you prevent dorm theft if you have a roommate? After all, you can lock the door as much as you want, but if your roommate leaves it unlocked or has friends who snoop through your stuff, how do you prevent your stuff from disappearing?
Besides the obvious answer, which is talking to your roommate about making sure the door is kept locked when you are both gone, you really can't do much about "friends" coming in and out while one of you is actually in the room. This leads you to no other choice than to proactively keep your stuff locked up and protected. Textbooks are hard to lock, but you'll at least want to keep the really expensive ones out of site.
What do I need to protect?
- Cell Phone
- Cash/Credit Card
Really anything that can be sold on Craig's List, or that you feel is invaluable to you. Anything that you would lose sleep over if it went missing should be protected.
The best way to keep your valuables safe is with dorm room security products. You will need at least two safes. The first for your laptop and the second for your other small valuables. Both versions have to ensure that your stuff can't walk. This means they either need sirens louder than loud, or they need to have the ability to lock to your immovable dorm furniture. In most cases this would be your desk or your bed frame. Cost
The good news is that you can get quality dorm security for $20 - $75. You don't have to break the bank to keep your stuff protected! Since you can't be everywhere or watching everyone, it is best to give yourself peace of mind starting with day one of freshman year with simple security items like the Dorm Co, Go Vault
. There are lots of great safes, but for $20 you really can't beat this one!