Simple steps to keep residence halls secure

UCCS Police remind students living in residence halls of theft prevention tips in a recent #SafetyTipTuesday video.

Lisa Dipzinski, sergeant, UCCS Police, warns students of the dangers of propping exterior residence hall doors with rocks or “piggybacking” – when someone swipes their card and allows someone they don’t know, or might not be affiliated with UCCS, in the building.

Students must swipe their student ID to get into their housing village, but this safety measure is ineffective in those instances.

Despite safety measures on the exterior of the residence halls, theft can still occur inside.

“If you prop your room door open with a deadbolt or doorstop, theft can occur quickly,” Patrick Warren, officer, UCCS Police said. “In the unfortunate event of theft, we’ll ask for pictures of the item, identifiable marks or stickers, and serial numbers in case they’re recovered later.”

“The best thing to do is secure all doors and keep detailed information of your valuables,” Warren said.

UCCS police officers enforce municipal and state laws on campus and in the surrounding area through an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Colorado Springs. The department employs 17 sworn, state-certified and commissioned peace officers in addition to five campus service and housing security officers.

Thank you to UCCS students Maribel Rivera, Sydnee Martinez and Giovanni Ramos for being featured in the video.

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