Here's a 10-point to-do list to make spring break safer

UOPD patrol vehicle

For a safe, secure spring break, students should follow this to-do list from the Eugene and University of Oregon police departments before leaving:

  • Lock residence doors and windows; close window coverings.
  • Don't leave valuables visible through residence or vehicle windows.
  • Take valuables along when leaving a residence for break and when parking a car.
  • While away, stop deliveries that could tell thieves that no one is home.
  • Park vehicles in secured, monitored or well-lit areas. Use steering locks.
  • Don’t leave bikes locked outdoors unused and unmonitored.
  • Make sure someone will care for any pets during breaks.
  • Look out for friends. If someone needs medical help, don't be afraid to call 911. Don't leave friends with strangers; help them get home safely.
  • Students who have experienced sexual harassment — including sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, gender-based harassment or bullying, and stalking — have options to report and receive help from a variety of sources, including the university, campus and local law enforcement, and community agencies. For those who are unsure of what to do, the UO has staff who will review all available options so students can decide how they want to proceed. UO students can get support and information at safe.uoregon.edu or 541-346-SAFE.
  • Anywhere in the United States, call 911 to report a crime or medical or safety emergency.

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