Theft Prevention

REMINDER: Preventing theft starts with you! 

The reality is that, most thefts that occur on college campuses involve crimes of opportunity – and are easily preventable.  There are many ways in which individuals can assist police by making themselves a smaller target for thieves – commonly referred to as “target hardening”.  The UNTPD challenges YOU to practice these important theft prevention techniques, so we may eliminate opportunities for potential theft in our community. 

Register your possesions on, and/or fill out the serial log number sheet provided to you from UNT Housing. These forms are aides that will help the UNTPD recover your property if you are the victim of a crime (theft, burglary, robbery).

Motor Vehicle Burglary Prevention – Best Practices

HIDEvaluables from sight; even better, take all items of value with you.  If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in to your vehicle and will proceed to the next vehicle to “window shop”.   Remember to hide valuables before parking and leaving your vehicle. Give a would-be thief absolutely no reason to burglarize your car.  Remember - It all starts with YOU!

LOCKyour vehicle.  Yes, it only takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate noise.  Locking your vehicle also means “securing” your vehicle.  You also want to make sure that all windows are rolled up before locking your vehicle.  Also, if you have a car alarm please make sure it is working properly – and use it!

TAKEyour keys.  Unfortunately, it is still common practice for individuals to leave their keys in their car and/or in the ignition when unattended.  Police officers often come across unattended vehicles with the keys in the ignition and engine running.  This is not only bad practice, but it is a violation of the Texas Transportation Code.

*Remember there is no %100 fool-proof way to prevent all crime.  You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of Motor Vehicle Burglary by following the above practices and using common sense.  Simply locking your vehicle and removing property is half the battle!

Residential Theft Prevention – Best Practices

Approximately 6,000 resident students live on the UNT campus.  For many, it is their first time away from home.  Each individual brings with them various items of personal property, from desktop computers, flat screen televisions, gaming systems, musical instruments, laptops, iPods, cell phones, etc.; all of which make easy targets for criminals. UNTPD encourages you to take responsibility for protecting your property. Here are a few helpful practices for discouraging would-be thieves in residence halls, houses, or apartments, and for reducing your chances of becoming a victim of crime…

  • LOCK your door when you leave and take your keys with you, no matter how short of a time you are away – it just takes a few seconds for someone to steal your property. 
  • NEVER prop open any exterior door – some doors automatically lock for good reason.  
  • ALWAYS keep outside doors locked, and don’t allow unknown persons to “piggyback” behind you.
  • Make sure you coordinate with your roommate(s) who is allowed into the room/residence.
  • Keep small items of value secured and out of sight; lock them away in a closed drawer or another safe place.
  • Politely offer assistance to persons in your building or residence you do not recognize. If they have legitimate business, they will appreciate your help. If they do not, politely ask them to leave.
  • When you are moving into, or out of a residence never leave belongings unattended, and do not leave your car unlocked when loading or unloading.
  • Do not leave coats, books, backpacks, or other valuable items in common areas. Keep them in your room – secured.
  • Keep any important documents containing personal information filed and locked away (i.e., social security card, bank statements, passport, etc.). 
  • Keep a record of valuable items and their descriptions, serial numbers and approximate dollar values of all items.  (visit to register your property online)
  • Check with your parents’ insurance company to see if your property is covered under their homeowner’s policy while you are attending school. 
  • Do not loan your keys out to ANYONE and DO NOT attach your keys to any form of ID, or to your wallet.    
  • NEVER allow strangers inside your room/residence. 
  • Do not open the door unless you know exactly who is on the other side, especially at night.
  • Report ANY suspicious activity, and/or person(s) to UNTPD at 940/565-3000. 

Bicycle Theft Prevention – Best Practices

  • Always park your bike at a designated bicycle rack.
  • Secure your bicycle to the rack using a U-lock. Chain and cable locks can be easily broken.
  • Make sure you have written down (in a safe place) the bicycle’s make, model, color, and serial #.
  • If a quick release is used for any part of the bike (i.e. seat post), make sure and take parts with you.
  • Never leave your bicycle parked at a location for a prolonged period of time.
  • Do not secure your bicycle to a tree, parking meter, sidewalk railing, etc. – use common sense and courtesy. 
  • Register your bike online @
  • If you witness any suspicious activity and/or person(s) at any UNT bike rack please call UNTPD @ 940/565-3000.

Workplace Theft Prevention – Best Practices

Most of the reported thefts that occur on campus involve crimes of opportunity (leaving property unattended, unlocked doors, desks, cabinets, etc.), so please take the necessary steps to lesson your chances of becoming a victim… 

  • Always ensure that vehicle windows are rolled up and all doors are locked when parking on campus…remember HIDE, LOCK, TAKE! 
  • Do not leave your wallet/purse/valuables in unlocked desks, cabinets, or in the open.
  • Lock up your desk and secure belongings when you leave from work each day.
  • Lock your door when you leave, even if you are gone for a short time - it just takes a few seconds for someone to steal your property.
  • Create an office or building watch program within your department; work with other occupants to monitor offices and property.
  • Prior to seeking appropriate shelter during weather related emergencies, and if time allows, make sure you do not leave money and/or valuables unattended. 
  • Politely offer assistance to persons in your building/office area you do not recognize. If they have legitimate business, they will appreciate your help; if they act suspicious, call UNTPD immediately and be prepared to give a detailed description of the individual.    
  • (visit to register your property online)
  • Report ANY suspicious activity, and/or person(s) to UNTPD at 940/565-3000. 

ID Theft Prevention – Protecting Your Good Name

  • ID Theft can be incredibly destructive to you and your family.  Please take the preventative measures necessary to decrease your chances of being a victim.

PLEASE visit the following website to educate yourself on minimizing your risk to ID Theft: