Residence Hall Safety

More than 2,000 resident students live on campus, for many it is the first time away from home. Each one brings various items of personal property and can be easy targets for a criminal. The residence halls will quickly feel like home -- but you have to remember to keep your property safe.

Most of the crimes that occur in the residence halls are theft of personal property. In almost every case the victim's room is unlocked and unoccupied at the time of the theft.

The following are some tips to help you reduce the chances of becoming a victim of a crime.

  • Do not prop open any exterior locked residence hall doors. Even though propping the doors makes it easier for you to get back into the residence halls, you also have made it easier for an unauthorized person to enter the building. For the safety of you and others in the residence halls, do not prop open any residence hall doors because you don't know whom you may be letting in.
  • Lock your door when you leave and take your keys with you, no matter how short a time you may be gone - even when you go to the restroom.
  • Lock your door when you and your roommate are sleeping.
  • Do not leave notes on your door stating that no one is home or when you will return, it's an open invitation to a theft.
  • Keep personal valuables out of sight and locked up if possible. 
  • Keep a record of all your valuable items, noting descriptions, serial numbers, and approximate dollar values of all items. These records should be kept in a secure location.
  • Do not allow strangers into your room.
  • Do not open your door unless you know who is on the other side, especially at night.
  • Do not allow door-to-door salespeople to enter the residence hall or your room. The University of San Diego's policy prohibits soliciting in any building without prior written consent from the University.
  • Please contact your Residence Advisor or Community Directors with advice and recommendations.
  • Report any person behaving suspiciously to Public Safety immediately at x7777 or in case of emergency x2222.