Most crimes committed on campuses involve the theft of personal property. Larcenies are crimes of opportunity and occur primarily when property is left in unlocked or unattended areas.

  • Avoid bringing large amounts of cash or valuables to campus or your residence.
  • Keep valuables items out of sight. If you must keep cash or valuables in your room, don’t store them in obvious hiding places like desks or dressers.
  • Never lend out the key to your room or residence.
  • If you live in a dormitory, take your room key to the shower with you. Don’t leave it in your robe or clothing, where someone going through your pockets could find it.
  • When leaving your vehicle at a service station or parking garage, leave only the ignition key.
  • When leaving for vacation, store stereos and televisions out of sight, and during summer recess, don’t leave valuables in student storage areas. These areas aren’t secure and the College isn’t responsible for the property loss. Public Safety does have a secure storage area.
  • Check with your family insurance agent to determine if your property is covered under your parents’ homeowner’s insurance. If not, consider purchasing your own insurance.

Department of Public Safety
125 South Main St.
Middlebury, VT 05753