property crimes

Preventing Property Theft

You may be heading to college for the first time, or maybe it will be the start of your 4th, and hopefully last year as an undergrad.  Whichever it may be, you are still going to be a major target for property theft.  The latest statistics for this crime have not gone down on college campuses.  It would not surprise me if we find in a few years, when crime statistics for last year become available, that property crime was way up.  Bad economies have a way of making that happen.  So take a few minutes and read the article by Michele posted to the College & University Blog over at Here is the link:

I especially like the first tip: “Think like a criminal.”  It is a great game to play, to focus your awareness, and to make you more alert to what is going on around you. Remember, college brings a lot of freedom, but with it comes responsibility.

Coach Kress

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

One Reply to “Preventing Property Theft

  1. One of the main ways that anything gets stolen in college is in the dorms during a fire drill. Most of the time it is someone pulling the alarm. These people know that people will leave their doors open or will leave them unlocked. I learned a lot about this working for the housing department of my school. As weird as this sounds it is better to lock your door when you leave for a fire drill. If your door is the one where you can lock it without a key then do so, its ok if you lock yourself out. There are usually people there to let you back in because they know it will happen.

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