UPD warns residents of burglaries at Keys complex


Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.

The University of Florida Police Department is investigating a string of burglaries that since December has targeted residents at the Keys Residential Complex on the west side of campus, the most recent burglary occurring Saturday.

Police say the burglaries have targeted mostly small electronics and unsecured wallets after entering apartments in the early morning hours.

During Saturday’s incident, the apartment resident was awakened by a burglar and had a brief conversation with him before the burglar fled, police said. The resident was unable to offer a description, police said, but said he was never threatened and that the culprit spoke with an accent.

In response, police are offering these tips for preventing such burglaries and what to do if you encounter a burglary in progress:

Keep your doors locked at all times, even during short periods of time.

Never prop open doors to any residence hall for friends or others you have visiting you.

Report suspicious people or activity to the University of Florida Police Department at 392-1111.

Know who you are inviting into your residence hall. If you aren’t familiar with someone, you may have inadvertently placed yourself and the others who reside there at risk.

Secure your valuables within your room and never leave them out in the open.

Be sure to “lock” your electronic devices using password protection and other security measures.

Be sure to document the various serial numbers and electronic identification numbers associated with your electronic devices in case they are required to report the theft of those items. This information also can be stored on the University of Florida Police Department’s website through input on the Operation Identification link at www.police.ufl.edu/wp-content/asp/op_id/op_id.aspx.

Be sure to install the Frontdoor Laptop Security software on your computer. The Frontdoor program helps disable and track your laptop should it be stolen. For more information about Frontdoor and to learn how to install it on your computer, visit the website at www.frontdoorsoftware.com.

If you encounter a stranger in your room, report the encounter as soon as you safely can. Those who conduct crimes of this nature might try to appear as a fellow student and ask diversionary questions that make you believe they were simply “trying to find a friend.”

If at all possible, do not try to make contact with the person. Though individuals committing this type of crime likely will flee, no one can predict the behavior of those encountered.

If you do become involved as a victim of an in-progress burglary, notify law enforcement as quickly as it is safe to do so. In incidents of this nature, the faster law enforcement becomes involved, the higher the possibility of an arrest.

Provide a detailed description of the person, including gender, race, height, build, clothing, speech and other identifying characteristics.

Provide the person’s location and direction of travel if you are able to do so.

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