Protecting Your Stuff

  • Locks don’t work unless you use them. Most thefts on campus occur in unlocked rooms. If you have a problem with your lock, report it immediately to residence services.
  • Keep your eyes peeled. If you see someone suspicious in your residence hall or office building, ask what he or she is doing or call DPS. Salespeople are not allowed in the residence halls, and a hall resident must accompany all non-Drake visitors.
  • Keep an eye on your laundry. Clothing can be removed during laundry cycles. If you use off-campus laundry facilities, don’t go alone or late at night.
  • Caution is key. Don’t leave your keys lying around. Don’t lend them to anyone. Don’t leave copies under a mat, behind a desk or in your mailbox. If your keys are taken, report the loss to your residence hall director at once. You can get new keys and have your locks changed for a fee.
  • Make your mark. Operation Identification at Drake helps you identify your belongings. Just call the Des Moines Police Department for an identification number and then engrave it on your property. Police can use the number to identify stolen property as yours and return it to you. Drake will supply an engraver. Ask your resident assistant for more information.

Be responsible — to yourself and to others

If you are robbed or attacked, report it. When you call DPS, describe what you’ve seen or heard. Give the address and location of the incident, the number of people involved, descriptions of the people, details and circumstances, and the license numbers and descriptions of any vehicles involved.

It’s important to report a crime, no matter how insignificant it seems. Sometimes police can fit your problem into a pattern developing in the city. Reporting a crime is the only way to keep the same person from hurting or stealing from someone else.

If you intend to report a theft to your insurance company, you must file a police report.

Front Door Software

Another school year has begun, and many of you have come to campus with a laptop, tablet, and/or smartphone. Drake Public Safety, Student Life, and Technology Services are happy to offer all Drake students electronic device security software free of charge. This patented program—FrontDoorSoftware Loss, Recovery, and Personal Safety—is designed to help prevent theft, protect information, and recover lost or stolen devices.  

We strongly encourage you to register all devices as soon as possible. Once registered, you are covered for four years. To register, visit Use your Drake email to register a computer or tablet and the code “drake”. The software is completely free and installs in seconds.

While this software is a great tool to help protect your property, no software can guarantee the safety of your electronics. Continue to always lock your residence hall room, house, or apartment when you are not there, and do not leave your devices unattended in public spaces.

Policy Statement


Drake Public Safety,
     emergency 811

Drake Public Safety,
    non-emergency - 515-271-2222

- Des Moines police, fire, ambulance,
     emergency - 911
-  Des Moines police,
     non-emergency 9-283-4811
- American Republic Student
  Health Center  
- Employee Assistance Program
Title IX Coordiator
Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct and Notification of Complainant's Rights


(These contacts are all relative to being dialed on campus)