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Labor Day Safety

August 29, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- The Western Illinois University Office of Public Safety (OPS) would like to remind individuals to safeguard personal property by locking offices, desks and residence hall room doors, as well as their vehicles and homes off campus, when leaving, whether for a long weekend or even just for a few moments, to avoid becoming the victim of a burglary.

• Residence hall rooms, office doors and homes should be locked when the occupant(s)
leave, even if it's just for a few minutes.
• Don't leave backpacks, purses, bags, books and other items unattended.
• Avoid leaving items in plain view in a vehicle overnight; lock vehicles at all times.

Before leaving for the Labor Day weekend (or any extended period of time), off-campus residents should ensure their doors and windows are locked; leave a porch light on; and ask someone to check on the property.

OPS Director Scott Harris also encourages members of the WIU community to buckle up when traveling, especially during busy holiday weekends, such as the upcoming Labor Day weekend. DUI (driving under the influence) enforcement efforts will be ramped up over the weekend as part of the statewide initiative, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

"The National Safety Council estimates there will be nearly 400 traffic related fatalities this Labor Day weekend, and more than 40,000 injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents. I'd like to remind our students, faculty and staff to drive safely as they travel this weekend," Harris added. "The Office of Public Safety wishes everyone a happy, and safe, Labor Day weekend."

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