Dorm room theft is a common threat to college students across the country. The phrase ‘better safe than sorry’ never had more meaning than when it comes to your child’s possessions at college. Use our tips below to help safeguard your child’s possessions while they are at school.
- Educate your child on the importance of locking doors and keeping valuables hidden. Leaving their room unlocked is inviting thieves to come steal their things.
- Don’t leave personal property unattended in study areas, cafeterias, libraries or other public places.
- Secure laptop computers with a lock. These are more likely to be stolen than desktop computers.
- Invest in a safe or lockable trunk to secure valuables in your child’s room. Valuables should always be taken with them if they leave campus during a holiday break or long weekend.
- Smartphones are commonly stolen on college campuses. Remind your child to keep their phone with them at all times. If they have an iPhone, download the free Find My iPhone app to help recover the phone if it’s stolen.
- Remind your child to never loan neighbors or friends their keys. Access to the dorm or apartment should be restricted to them and their roommates.
- Call your insurance agency to see if your child is still covered under your homeowner insurance policy. If they are living off campus, you may need a renters insurance policy for them.
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