Protect Your Valuables

Safeguard your personal information

Do not give personal information (account numbers, Social Insurance Number, PIN, etc.) to anyone unless you know they are legitimately entitled to have such information.

Protect files; email, financial accounts, and other accounts with strong passwords. Strong passwords are not found in a dictionary; contain a mixture of characters and are not easily identified. You might consider a sentence that is easy for you to remember and use a combination of characters from that sentence. For example, the sentence might be: As a student, I lived @ 756 Main St. Using the first letter of each word and the numbers the password becomes aasIl@756MS. Be careful not to reveal the password or the sentence to anyone.

Protect your files and computer data:

When posting photographs and information on the Web consider the information that you might unwittingly be giving a predator such as your name, your appearance, addresses, school names etc.

Backup computer data. If a computer is stolen, the loss of the data on the computer is very often more interruptive to you and potentially more valuable than the loss of the computer. Set up a routine for backing the data and be faithful in keeping to it. Store the backup off away from the computer, preferably off-site. Consider password-protecting documents containing personal information.

Property Registration: Use the S.T.O.P. Program to record the serial number of valuable property like laptops, phones and tablets. This will make it easier to recover your property if it is stolen.

Tips to Protect You Valuables

  • Keep records and proof of property ownership
  • Provide data to help us recover stolen property
  • Record the make, model and serial number of your property.
  • Retain original receipts.
  • Photograph your property.
  • Take precautions where you live, study and work.
  • Keep your residence doors locked at all times whether you live on or off campus.
  • Lock up wallets, purses, jewellery, and other valuables. Don’t just put them in or under your desk.
  • Don’t leave personal belongings unattended where you study, take items with you if you need to step away.
  • Develop a relationship with neighbours or co-workers and check on one another often.