Protect your Valuables

Tips on how to prevent property crime

You can better protect your valuables by taking a few simple steps. Review the suggestions below, including some of our initiatives,  for ways to protect your valuables.

To view the locations of reported thefts during the Fall term, view the Fall term theft map.

    • Is there is any sensitive information or personally identifying information stored on the device? If so, is the information only your own or is UBC Information involved? If UBC Information is involved, report the loss to Campus Security as soon as possible.
    • If the device can be remotely wiped, you may wish to do so to reduce the risk to your identity and any data on the device. If the device is encrypted or password protected this may be less critical, but is still recommended.
    • If you use the device to go online, are there any ‘live account credentials’ such as CWL, bank logons, etc stored on it? If so, log on and change your passwords on all these accounts immediately.
    • If you can engage ‘find my phone’ or ‘find my computer’, do so and immediately report the results to police for stolen devices.
    • In all cases of theft, report to the police by calling 911 and obtain a file number, then relay the information to Campus Security at 604 822 2222 and file the UBC IT Security Form using your UBC Campus-Wide Login (CWL).

UBC IT Security can notify the police directly if a lost or stolen device appears on a UBC Network. You will need the police file number to make a report.

Write 'UBC' and your student number on the inside front/back cover of your textbooks. This enables us to return them quickly to you if they are handed in at our Lost & Found. When possible, document the serial number and/or take a photo of the valuables for future reference.

Unfortunately, bike theft is an issue students should be aware of. To protect your bike from theft, use a high quality hardened steel u-lock for the frame and heavy cable lock for the front wheel. Take a high resolution photo of your bike and record the serial number. You can buy recommended locks at the UBC Bookstore (Kryptonite) and the AMS Bike Kitchen (Abus) on campus - locks are available to suit all budgets. Good locks are not cheap, but the protection they offer can be worth the investment.

hundreds of pairs of expensive prescription glasses are turned in to us every year, but the owners are particularly hard to identify. Write 'UBC' and your staff or student number inside the case. Take a photo to make them easier to describe if lost.

For information about your U-Pass BC and the Compass Card, including what to do about lost or stolen cards, please visit

Download and install free Find My Phone software for Android and iPhone. If you have an iPod, make sure to enter 'UBC' and your staff/student number into its contact list. Download the free trackers for iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Consider using only encrypted or password enabled USBs.

Each tag has its own number, which allows UBC Security to get it back to you if its lost. Pick up FREE key tags from Campus Security so we can trace your keys. You can also use them for other items such as musical instruments, cameras, glasses cases, backpacks, gym bags and sporting goods.

Carry only critical information. Consider photocopying important documents and keeping them in a safe place (SIN cards, health cards, Foreign Visas, IDs and Drivers Licences).

Make sure you lock all of your valuables in your trunk and leave everything out of site. If you drive a hatchback, back your car into the parking spot to prevent people from breaking the glass.

Do not leave personal information unattended or in your car. Thieves will often target credit cards and leave everything else. The owner may not realize a theft has occurred until they've become a victim of identity theft.

  • Make sure your license plate is bolted
  • Do not keep your garage door opener in your vehicle along with information that could direct thieves to your home.
  • Do not leave spare car keys in your car
  • The Campus Security bait bike can be planted anywhere on campus. This program allows us to track a planted bait bike when the planted bike has been moved or stolen and to follow its location live through the use of global positioning.

    In conjunction with the RCMP, the bait locker program utilizes random lockers in change rooms to monitor for theft activity. Activating the bait locker allows for quick contact and response by police.