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The most prevalent crime our community experiences is theft. Generally, valuable items left unattended in vehicles or in residence halls are the prime targets. Care should be taken to lock residence hall rooms and remove valuables from vehicles. It is also noteworthy to remember that several areas around our campus are open to the public. The most prominent of these is the Thomas Cooper Library and it is not uncommon to see non-students in these areas. Care should be taken in these areas to keep personal property under close watch. Textbooks and laptop computers are very desirable because they are easily sold.

The Division of Law Enforcement and Safety has implemented a number of programs free to students, faculty and staff designed to deter criminals from stealing property and facilitating the recovery of stolen goods. 

 

 

 

Project I.D.

Students, faculty, and staff can register nearly any type of personal property (computers, iPods, cell phones, PDAs, etc.) by having their valuables engraved with identifying information by the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. This program offers the service of engraving personal valuables with the Division's agency identifier (SC0400600) along with the owner's last name, first initial, and last four numbers of his/her social security number. The property is then registered with the department and stored on a database in the event the item is stolen.

 

To access the database, please visit: http://webapps.csg.sc.edu/lespips/

 

To take advantage of this service, students, faculty, and staff can bring the article to the police department or can request an officer to visit your office or residence hall. Student organizations, colleges, hall governments, etc. can also request an officer to set up a display table to register members' property on site. To request this service please contact Sgt. Kenny Adams at (803) 777-0855 or adamskl@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

 

 

Protect-A-Book:

protect-a-book StampThere is a large concern with the number of book thefts on campus. The “Protect-A-Book” project was created to help deter and prevent the number of book thefts on campus. A unique round seal is stamped on the inside cover of student's books with invisible ink. The student's last name and first initials, last four numbers of his/her social security number, and current semester year is then written with an invisible ink pen next to the seal. The student will then choose a page and write their initials with invisible ink on that page. This information can only be revealed with a special light. In the event that student’s books are stolen and or sold back to the bookstores, it can be identified. All the area bookstores have been notified of the project and how it works.

 

To take advantage of this service, students, faculty and staff can bring their books to the police department or can request an officer to visit your office or residence hall. Student organizations, colleges, hall governments, etc. can also request an officer to set up a display table to register members' books on site. To request this service please contact Sgt. Kenny Adams at (803) 777-0855 or adamskl@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

 

 

S.T.O.P. Tag (Security Tracking of Property):

The numbers of laptop computer thefts are rising at an alarming rate. This office has made an anti-theft tag for laptop computers available to students, faculty and staff on campus. The tag is a numbered security plate that is affixed to the bottom of the  computer. The security plate bears a unique barcode and a highly visible toll-free telephone number to the STOP Company. Each security plate number, along with theS  make, model, serial number and the owner of the equipment, is registered with the STOP Company and the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety.

 

This tag would be obvious to a potential thief that the device would be nearly impossible to sell. The security plate is attached with a very strong adhesive and removal of the security plate would physically alter the computer's casing. Underneath the plate is a “Stolen Property” tattoo that cannot be removed by any means without marking or defacing the case. Having this plate attached to personal property could dramatically  deter the theft of the item and aid in recovery of the laptop in the event it is lost or stolen.

 

This service costs $20 which can be paid at the Russell House Information Desk. Once paid, bring the receipt and the item to the Division's Headquarters to have the STOP tag applied. Student organizations, colleges, hall governments, etc. can also request an officer to set up a table to register laptops on site. To request this service please contact Sgt. Kenny Adams at (803) 777-0855 or adamskl@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

 

 

Bicycles on Campus:

All bicycles parked on campus are required to be registered. Registering helps to discourage theft, and will assist in recovery if the bike is stolen. A bicycle database was created for students, faculty and staff to register their bicycle with the University free of charge.  A copy of the registration sticker placed on the owner's bicycle once they are registered is shown on the right.

 

To register your bicycles please visit http://www.sc.edu/vmps/bike.html, the USC Parking Service office, or the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety.