Burglaries and Theft

What is Considered a Burglary or Theft

While theft is defined as the taking of someone else’s property, burglary is defined as the unlawful entry of a structure (such as a residence hall room) to commit a felony or theft. Burglaries most often result from the failure to lock room doors.

What to do:

  1. Remember, do not touch anything. You may be disturbing evidence left by the intruder.
  2. Notify the Security Office, Resident Director or Resident Assistant immediately.
  3. Wait for security or law enforcement to arrive.
  4. Write down all missing items, time frame of the occurrence and any suspects you may have. Give this information to the staff or security officer.
  5. Please check with your insurance company (or that of your parents) to find out if your possessions would be insured in a case of theft. Many insurance agencies will include your possessions on a homeowner’s policy.
If you are insured, your insurance company may require a police or security report of the theft. Security officers will assist you in contacting the police in cases of theft or vandalism.