Prevention tips

Prevention tips

Prevent theft from dorm rooms

  • Always close windows and doors.
  • Talk to strangers, ask them who they are looking for.
  • Avoid sticky notes stating you’re not home.
  • Keep vague in automatic e-mail replies.
  • Keep valuables out of sight (cell phone, wallet, purse,…).
  • Personalise your valuables.
  • Take pictures of valuables and write down serial numbers.
  • Never give out confidential information to third parties.
  • Don’t hide your keys (under a mat, in a jar,…).
  • Never label your key with clearly identifiable information.
  • Notify Security (Etterbeek:+32 (0)2 -629 21 76, Jette: +32 (0)2 -477 41 41, Kaai +32 (0)2 - 523 37 37) in case of any suspicious behaviour.
  • Keep as few valuable items as possible in your dorm room.
  • Don’t leave any facilitating objects hanging around (ladders near windows, small tools, …).
  • Don’t let anyone borrow your keys.

Prevent theft from cars

  • Park your car preferably in a garage or in another safe place. In any case, choose a nearby and well lit parking place.
  • Always lock your car carefully: besides the car doors, don’t forget to shut the windows, the sunroof and the trunk. This is very important, since theft from an open car, without breaking in is not considered theft by the insurance. It can also get you a fine.
  • When you leave the car, take the vehicle documents with you; they are worth money to criminals.
  • Always remove your mobile GPS and GPS holder from the car. Wipe off the suction cup mark from the front window shields as well. 
  • Always disable the blue-tooth and wifi-functions (from your cell, laptop, GPS,…) to avoid potential thieves from picking up on this signal and realising that your cars contains such valuables.
  • If there is nothing of value in your car, show it: leave your glove compartment or trunk cover open.
  • Objects that (by exception) are left in your car, can by preference be stored in the sealed trunk. Put the object in the trunk before you leave, and not after you arrive, so potential thieves do no see you do that.
  • Use the PIN code on your GPS, this option is often provided but not installed by default. Install this option, your GPS can then no longer be used without the correct PIN code.

Prevent bicycle theft

  • Always lock your bike.
  • When possible attach the lock to a fixed object (bicycle rack, …).
  • Remove valuable items from the saddlebags or from the bicycle.
  • Contact the Prevention and Environment Department to get access to the secured bicycle shed on campus Etterbeek.
  • Use the Bicycle Pass (available in Dutch only). Few people can describe their bicycle. Fill out this pass and keep it at home. In case of theft, you can take the pass along to the police.

Make an inventory of valuable objects

Keep an inventory of the serial numbers, make and model of all your valuable items (an example of this in Dutch is available here). Do this as well for your GPS, laptop, imei number of your cell phone,… The serial number and imei number are unique numbers that allow the police to identify stolen property sooner and hand it back to its rightful owner.