Date:   05/27/15

Incident Number:   15-003178

Location:   Decosimo Apartments

This morning, the 27th of May, the UTC Police Department were informed of a Burglary from a residence hall on South campus which occurred between Tuesday night at 11:30 p.m. and Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m..  The occupied dwelling was forcibly entered by removing a window security screen and breaking and entering through an exterior window into the residence.  Once inside, electronics were taken from the living room area in the apartment.

It’s hard to know what to do in a crisis, but these tips can help you work toward a fast and safe resolution. Staying calm, being smart, and putting your safety first are the keys to protecting yourself from thieves and recovering from a break-in.

Report any suspicious persons or activities (including solicitors) in or near your residence hall to your residence hall staff or the University Police Department at (423) 425-4357.

Secure your valuables and engrave expensive items with identifying information.

Another simple step would be to dedicate a digital camera card to photographing the items in your home along with close-ups of every serial number. Usually along with the serial number is a model number as well. Then store the card in an safe place in your home or at your workplace. Should you ever need the serial numbers they are accessible and you are able to give a complete record to police. Oftentimes the serial number or owner applied number is the only thing that helps get your things back.

A recommendation to increase the chances of recovering any stolen property: Etch your driver’s license into your valuable items when it is practical. Your DL number is not going to be a readily identifiable piece of personal information to a crook and there is much less risk using your DL number as opposed to something like your social. Furthermore, using your DL number makes it very easy for Law Enforcement Officials to identify the property if recovered.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the UTC Police Department at (423) 425-4357.