Police recommend crime prevention steps over holiday break

UOPD patrol vehicle

Over the holidays, criminals target residences near the university that may be vacant, which is why campus and area police are reminding traveling students and staff to take steps to keep their homes safe.

"Thieves and burglars know that the campus area clears out during break," UOPD Chief Matt Carmichael said. "Nothing ruins the holidays like coming back and finding your stuff gone. Fortunately, there are a few little things people can do that make a big difference."

The Eugene Police Department and University of Oregon Police Department share simple tips to help campus community members protect their property over winter break:

  • When away, keep doors and windows locked and window coverings closed.
  • Don't leave valuables visible through windows.
  • Take valuables with you over holidays or long trips.
  •  Put bikes in secure storage or indoors if allowed by rental agreements or contracts.

For even more security:

  • Ask a trusted neighbor to alert you or law enforcement in the event of suspicious activity.
  • Have mail or package delivery held or re-routed if you will be gone for more than a few days.
  • Set lights on timers to give the appearance that the residence is occupied.  

For vehicle security:

  • Park vehicles in busy, well-lit areas or a secured parking facility.
  • Use a steering wheel lock and vehicle security system.
  • Never leave any property in a parked vehicle.

Report crimes immediately. Off-campus, contact Eugene police at 541-682-5111. On-campus, contact UOPD at 541-346-2919. In all emergencies in all locations, call 911.