London Police Urge Students to Take Precautionary Measures Against Theft

University Students’ Council
September 30, 2014


London, ON – Both the London Police Service and the University Students’ Council are recommending that students actively protect themselves from theft and burglary. During the school year, especially during the fall, students and student houses are specifically targeted by burglars. Residential areas nearby campus are hot spots for break and enters compared to the rest of the city.

Students can protect themselves from theft by being aware of the offenses. In over half the break and enters this time of year in the area of Western Rd. and Wharncliffe Rd., the method of entries have been doors or windows left open, unlocked, or protected only by a screen. In addition, break and enters commonly occur Saturday nights, after students may head for the bars but leave their doors or windows unsecured.

To prevent theft or break and enters, students can take simple precautions such as securing all their doors and windows before leaving the house. According to the London Police, individuals should avoid handing out multiple house keys, placing beer signs in their windows or leaving plastic cups outside. These indicators of student housing may be perceived as an opportunity for someone to target a house for burglary. Suspicious persons, such as individuals visiting several houses without delivering anything, or anyone knocking on doors asking for people who do not live there, should be reported to the police. By taking simple precautionary measures, students can prevent crimes that would otherwise result in a negative living experience for a London resident.

To report any suspicious persons or activities, call the London Police at 519-661-5670.

Further questions can be directed to the London Police Crime Prevention Unit at

For any inquiries, please contact:

Kevin Chao
Associate Vice-President Public Affairs
University Students’ Council

To enhance the educational experience and quality of life for all undergraduates at Western University.

Author: USC

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