ST. CLOUD, Minn. – A student in Shoemaker Hall had his laptop stolen last night, reminding students to keep their doors shut and locked. Students when moving into a dorm, apartment or house are reminded to keep their doors locked when leaving even for a short period of time to protect their valuables.
Dan Toeynen, an RA at Shoemaker Hall, says students are encouraged to keep their doors open when they are in their dorms but are told to close them when they leave, even for a short time. “It only takes a minute for someone to take something out of your room and walk out again,” Dan said.
Shoemaker Hall underwent a renovation over the summer and residents are required to swipe their student id card to get inside. “Its more secure than any other dorms around campus,” added Dan. Despite these security upgrades students personal items are still vulnerable to burglary when they don’t lock their doors.
Precautions residents of dorms, apartments and houses can take to help secure their items are to lock their doors, write down a list of your items and their serial numbers, and put away laptops, phones and other mobile devices that are prone to being stolen.