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Safety Tip: Crime prevention/vehicle theft and burglary

Release Date: 18 Oct 2022
Safety Tip: Crime prevention/vehicle theft and burglary

A U.S. presidential proclamation in 1984 established October as Crime Prevention Month. Various New Mexico State University units, including the police and fire departments and Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management, work together every day to create a safe environment for faculty, staff and students as well as visitors. But each of us also has a role in keeping our campus safe. This year, NMSU police worked with Marketing and Communications to create a video public service announcement for social media about vehicle theft prevention.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Vehicle safety: Park in a well-lit area. Never leave your laptop, phone or other valuables in your vehicle. To avoid being a victim of bike theft, always use a U-style lock, keep it inside an enclosed area and register your bike online with a clear picture of the serial number.
  • Personal safety:  Be vigilant, aware of your surroundings, be alert to suspicious activity and if you see something call police or dial 911 in an emergency. 
  • Theft: Lock up your valuables, carry them with you or conceal them. Set phones and electronic devices with a password to protect your personal information. 
  • Insurance: NMSU has a $5,000 deductible for stolen NMSU property. If the property value is less than $5,000, the replacement cost will be on the department.
  • By law, all data breaches must be properly handled, reported and documented by NMSU. For information on how to report a privacy breach, visit

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