You may find it surprising, but Winter Break is less than two weeks away. As we begin to transition from school to break time and the holiday season, let's continue to be aware that not everyone is in the giving spirit during this time. There are a few who believe, "It's better to take than to receive."
There are three elements needed for the successful commission of a crime: ability, desire and opportunity. Most of us will never have an opportunity to control an individual's ability and desire to commit crimes. But in most cases, we have control over their opportunity to be successful.
Here are a few tips to make you a less desirable target for the opportunistic individual:
Travel with a friend.
Better yet, travel in a group. It's a great way to bond with your friends, and there is strength in numbers.
Let someone know your itinerary.
Before you leave on a trip, let someone know your intended route. If you get stranded, someone will know the path you took.
Are you prepared to travel?
Is your vehicle ready for winter?
Should you decide to travel by vehicle, make sure it's reliable. Check for properly maintained battery, belts, hoses and fluid levels.
Those small details can really matter when you are miles from home, work or school.
Don't advertise any property in your car. Even visible loose change is an enticement for someone to steal. Once you get to your destination, remove items from your car and take them inside.
DPSSS provides vehicle and walking escorts.
If you feel uncomfortable walking on campus for any reason, call DPSEP at 314-SLU-RIDE.
Program the DPSEP emergency number, 314-977-3000, along with 911 into your phone.
Having the number handy at all times can help you keep your head during emergency situations.
Don't give individuals the opportunity to take your belongings. Remember that the most important weapon you have is control over opportunity. Take control of your property and surroundings, and help law enforcement by sending a message that you refuse to become a victim of an opportunist.
On behalf of the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, we wish you a safe and blessed Holiday Season.