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University of New Mexico Police and Security


Safety Topic of the Month

Theft Prevention

UNM is a large open campus in the middle of the largest city in New Mexico. The reality is the UNM Police work hard to battle the crime that creeps in from the city. The best way to combat crime in our community is to be aware of what is happening and assist the police in being the most effective. The safety tips provided and the safety slogans shared on Twitter (@UNMPD) and Instagram (@unm_pd) will remind our community that good safety habits go a long way.


If you see something suspicious, say something
Steps in protecting your property and to discourage would-be criminals from committing auto burglaries:
  • Do not leave valuable items visible in your car. There is only glass between a thief and your valuables.  
  • Close all windows and lock all doors before leaving your vehicle.  
  • Trust your instincts.  If something doesn’t feel right, find another place to park.  
  • Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.  
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Take into consideration lighting, cameras, pedestrian traffic, and environmental concealment such as bushes, trees, or buildings.  
  • If you see any suspicious activity or individuals, please contact UNMPD immediately when you feel safe to do so by dialing 9-1-1 or (505)277-2241.  
  • Don’t think your dark tinted windows will hide your valuables. Thieves often use flashlights to see through tint. Valuables don't belong in your vehicle.  
  • If you are parking your vehicle for several days check on it periodically.

Also, avoid getting your car stolen by the following:
  • Keep track of your keys.  
  • Secure your vehicle.   
  • Use a physical anti-theft device.  
  • Don't leave your car running.   
  • Take advantage of a tech-based auto recovery tool.

    Report suspicious

If your wallet is lost or stolen wallet:
  • Notify Your Financial Institutions. 
  • Call your banks and credit card issuers to cancel. File a Police Report. UNMPD is open 24/7. 
  • You don’t need to wait. Report right away.  
  • Call your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if your driver’s license is stolen.  

If your phone is lost or stolen:
  • Call and text your phone first. 
  • Report it to your provider and suspend your wireless service to prevent unauthorized usage. 
  • You should also enable the security apps downloaded on your phone to remote wipe your personal information. 
  • Report it to police. 
  DOs and DON'Ts to keep your bike from getting stolen:
  • Always lock your bike. 
  • Lock it to something solid. There are bike racks located all throughout campus. 
  • DON'T use cable locks. U-Locks are recommended because they are harder and take longer to remove than cable locks. 
  • DON'T assume your bike accessories and quick release wheels are safe just because your frame is locked up. Secure all removable items or take them with you. 
  • Write down the serial number for your bike. Better yet, take a picture with your phone of your bike, and the serial number. Register your bike with UNMPD and we will etch your OLN on your bike.Registering your bike may not slow them down from stealing it but it sure slows down selling it, aids in recovery, and help convict criminals.

For more details on theft prevention at UNM, follow us on Twitter @UNMPD and Instagram @unm_pd.  
Many of the questions you ask us during safety week (September 4-9) will be answered on social media.