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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Jan. 31, 2012

Students invited to register personal property at Feb. 9 event

Crime prevention tips

Northwest's crime prevention program is based on the dual concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Here are some ways to prevent theft:

  • When leaving your residence room, home, or office, lock doors and windows -- even if you will be gone for "just a minute."
  • Never leave purses, wallets, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be especially careful with your credit cards.
  • Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft.
  • Register items with University Police under the Operation ID program.
  • Never prop open a locked door.
  • Record the serial numbers, brand names and a description of your property.
  • Do not loan out keys.
  • Use the "lock" feature on your cell phone, and do not give out your password.
  • Keep all documents containing critical and personal information in a safe location (social security number, date of birth, 919 number, etc.).
  • Report all lost or stolen Northwest ID's immediately to University Police at 660.562.1254.

Millikan Hall and University Police are teaming up to offer Northwest Missouri State University students an opportunity to register their personal property and increase the chances of it being located if it is stolen or misplaced. 

Students residing on campus are invited to attend the personal property registration event from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Millikan Hall main lounge.

“This is an easy opportunity for students to write down information about their expensive electronics and their bicycles and hand it to us so we can keep a copy of that information on file,” University Police Officer Kristina Martinez said. “If the student reports it missing or if we recover it, it can be returned to the rightful owner.”

Property that should be registered includes bikes, laptops, car stereos, video games and other expensive equipment. The University Police Department logs property by recording serial numbers, descriptions and other identifiable information. When a student reports a missing item, the information is entered into a national database where it can be accessed by police departments across the country and returned when the equipment is turned in or an officer recovers it.

Northwest’s University Police Department offers its property identification service throughout the year. Students may make arrangements to register their property by contacting the University Police Department at 660.562.1254.

During 2011, 1.5 burglaries and five thefts were reported per 1,000 students at Northwest, according to University Police. A recent ranking of safety ratings cited Northwest as the third-safest of all Missouri colleges and universities.

For more information contact University Police Officer Kristina Martinez at 660.562.1254 or Brad Whitsell Residential Life Complex Director at 660.562.0834. 

For more crime prevention information visit the University Police website.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468