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How to stay safe in your neighborhood

On April 10, 2014

Keep an inventory of your valuables and electronics.

Laptops, cellphones and tablets are some of the most valuable things college students own. Keeping a record of the make, model, serial number and cost of all of your electronics is great for insurance purposes and will only help you in the long run. Also, giving your parent's a copy of these records won't hinder your newfound independence. It'll only make you a more responsible and alert adult.

When exiting your vehicle, make sure all of your valuables are out of sight.

Returning home from a long day of school can be a huge relief. However, before you go inside and climb into your favorite pajamas, make sure your car is in order. While the fast food bags and coffee cups that line your car floor may not attract thieves, your valuables and electronics might. Remove your car charger, GPS and sunglasses.

Secure your home's doors and windows even when you're inside.

You can never be too cautious when it comes to your safety. By securing any and all potential entrances into your home, you can limit the possibility of finding a burglar stuck in your dog door at two in the morning. Burglars can, and will, enter your home if they see the opportunity, so it never hurts to double-check.

When moving into a new apartment or house, ask that the locks be changed immediately.

You can't be 100 percent sure that the person who lived there before you doesn't still have a key. You also can't be sure if that person's crazy ex doesn't still have a copy.

Be familiar with the routes you take to and from home.

Always be aware of your surroundings, and familiarize yourself with your neighborhood. Choose a route that's well lit and that has substantial car traffic. Stay away from any alleyways, abandoned buildings and suspicious people. If a certain area doesn't feel right, chances are it probably isn't.

Take advantage of some of the self-defense classes offered at the Loyola Police Department.

Lt. Angela Honora of LUPD teaches two rape aggression self-defense classes each semester for the Loyola community as well as one class for the public each year.

Crimes reported within a one-mile radius of campus
From Oct. 11, 2013 - March 31, 2014
Arson 0
Assault 13
Burglary 25
Disturbing the Peace 6
Drug & Alcohol Violations 43
DUI 19
Fraud 11
Homicide 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 17
Robbery 8
Sex Crimes 7
Theft/Larceny 59
Vandalism 20
Vehicle Break-In/Theft 34
Weapons 2 

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