WESTWOOD —On March 11, six UCLA students were robbed by a group of men while studying at an apartment near the school.
The masked robbers entered the apartment on the 500 block of Midvale Avenue at about 1 a.m., according to police. Armed with shotguns, the men ordered the students to lie on the floor and then took their items, including an unspecified amount of money. None of the robbery victims were injured.
The UCLA Web site includes the following tips for students on how to remain safe in and around campus:
In the residence halls:
1) Always lock your door behind you whenever you leave your room, even, when just going to the bathroom.
2) Close and lock your windows whenever you leave your room. Burglars have been known to break into rooms by walking out onto the ledge.
3) Do not tape or put any objects in your door jam. You may forget that you’ve done so and leave your room vulnerable to theft.
4) Keep your backpack in your room when eating in the dining halls. The cubby holes for backpacks are not monitored.
5) If you have expensive equipment, (computers, stereos, etc.), engrave them with your California I.D. or driver’s license number. You can borrow the police department’s engraver for free: Call 310-825-0111 or 310-825-6111 for details.
6) Have your computer software properly licensed. Enter the appropriate names of the owner into the computer when installing. Send your registration card into the software company so that there is a record of your purchase.
7) Purchase a plastic keychain coil that fits around your wrist. You’ll be able to take a shower and keep your keys in your possession.
8) Check your peephole before you open your door. If you can’t see anyone, don’t open the door.
9) Report any building safety problems to the R.A. or the front desk.
10) Call for a C.S.O. escort at 310-794-WALK, or the Evening Van at 310-825-9800.