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Preventing theft on campus

The Emory Police Department reminds the Emory community to safeguard valuables in the office and in common areas on campus.

“The vast majority of crimes on most college campuses are thefts,” says Craig Watson, chief of police for Emory Police Department. “Most thefts are crimes of opportunity and everyone in the Emory community can play a major role in reducing those opportunities of theft by remembering a few prevention tips.”

The Emory Police Department offers these helpful tips:

  • Do not leave valuables accessible and unattended in your workspace.
  • If you have an office, close and lock your door when you leave.
  • If you notice someone that is unfamiliar to your office, don’t hesitate to ask if you can help. The simple gesture to help will alert a person that their presence has been noticed.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you encounter someone behaving suspiciously, always contact Emory Police immediately at 404-727-6111.
  • When in common areas, never leave valuables unattended.
  • If you must leave valuables in your car, secure them out of sight in the trunk.

The Emory Police Department’s Crime Prevention Team is available to provide safety presentations for groups on campus. To request a presentation, contact Lt. Cheryl Elliott or Sgt. Rick Allen at 404-727-6115, or visit

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