Grand Valley Police Department

Theft Prevention

It is the police department’s intent to encourage responsible property ownership for those who work, live, and learn at Grand Valley State University. Property crimes are the most frequently reported crime on campus, most often crimes of opportunity that could be prevented. Property crimes commonly involve a permanent deprivation of items by way of theft, breaking, damaging, or defrauding.

Nationally property crime cost those involved billions of dollars each year and most of this cost is never recovered. Research shows that new students are often at a greater risk for experiencing some form of property victimization. Often victims have no affiliations with subject(s) who commit the property crime(s) against them. It is further believed that individual at a greater risk of property crime may involve living off campus, irresponsible property ownership, involvement in excessive alcohol consumption, and carrying valuables in public.
Prevention Methods
Note: Prevention starts with being alert and aware of your environment
Secure your room
      • Limit room access to unknown persons
      • Limit bringing items of value within your room
      • Do not prop exterior or interior doors
      • Secure your windows
      • Limit visibility with drapes or blinds
Secure your personal belongings 
      • Limit access to personal information and documents
      • Limit bringing or carrying valuable items with you
      • Where possible secure your items (ex. attending class, working-out, or studying)
      • Do not flaunt what you own  
      • Do not leave your valuables unattended or in plain view
Secure your vehicle or transportation
      • Always secure your vehicle
      • Stow valuable items out of sight
      • Register your bike with the Grand Valley Police Department
      • When possible lock your bike w/ an appropriate bike lock
Contact the police
     • Report individual –property crime 
     • Report suspicious behavior
Personal Inventory Form
Use the attached form (Click here to download pdf.) to document detailed descriptions of your personal valuables. You should also include financial information such as account numbers and bank contact information for checking accounts, credit cards, debit cards, and ATM cards. For all electronic items attaching to the university network obtain your Media Access Control address (MAC address) this often assists investigators with recovery electronics.
This form is for your records in the event of theft, fire or another unforeseen emergency. After completing the form, keep a paper copy in a safe place at your permanent residence. We further encourage photographing your valuables and/ or inscribing items with a unique mark in a discreet location without devaluing your item.  

Page last modified December 26, 2010