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OUPD chief offers Winter Break safety tips

In the following message emailed to students, faculty and staff on Monday, Dec. 8, Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers offered tips to help the University community avoid being the victim of theft during Winter Break.

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Whether you reside in one of our residence halls or in an off campus house or apartment, as you are preparing to leave for break please keep in mind crime prevention and safety for your residence while you're gone.

Although both Athens Police and Ohio University Police will be vigilant throughout the break, we can't be everywhere at once. Thieves are very aware that many of our community members will soon be away and see this time as an opportunity to find easy targets. Don't help the thieves! Here are a few ways you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime:

  • If you have valuable items that are portable such as jewelry, laptops, tablets, phones, or other electronic items, consider taking them with you.
  • Make sure all windows that are accessible from the ground or fire escapes are securely closed and locked. If possible, close interior window treatments to block the view from outside.
  • Have a trusted individual collect mail from your mailbox for you, or hold mail service (for three or more consecutive days) for the time you will be gone: https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/.
  • Don't use social media to update your status in a way that makes it clear you aren't in Athens. If you really feel the need to "check in" somewhere while you're gone, make sure the post is only visible to trusted friends.
  • Consider using timers for light fixtures that don't generate heat (such as fluorescent bulbs).
  • Make sure you and your roommates all understand the security plan; the last one to leave is the most critical in terms of ensuring your residence is secure.
  • Make sure the exterior doors are all securely locked and pulled tight when you go and don't forget your keys!

Have a safe and enjoyable break!


Andrew Powers

Chief of Police