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A DPS Safe Spring Break 'GIFT'

Keeping your vehicle safe over spring break is easy with 'GIFT.'

The USC Department of Public Safety is giving a "GIFT" over spring break.

USC students, faculty and staff can park their cars safely over spring break. (Rachel Pearl Bracker)
USC students, faculty and staff can park their cars safely over spring break. (Rachel Pearl Bracker)

The department's Group Initiative for Theft-prevention will provide free and safe parking for faculty, staff and students in Parking Center (UPC) and the Biggy Parking Structure (HSC). Vehicles can stay in these structures between Thursday, March 14 after midnight through Monday, March 25 before noon. 

Students can register their vehicles beginning Monday, March 4, ending at midnight on Wednesday, March 13. There are a limited amount of spaces available.

Click this link to register. 

(If you are using a laptop on campus when signing up, DPS says registration will only work on the USC Wireless Plus network.)

Once registration is complete, print out the confirmation document. While the car is in the parking structure, this sheet must remain visible through the dashboard of your car. All cars must be parked on the 4th level and above. 

USC DPS hopes this "GIFT" will reduce vehicle-related crimes by removing private cars from public streets and storing them in a USC-patrolled structure. 

This GIFT began in 2005, and since, vehicle related crimes at both UPC and HSC have reduced by 65 percent. During Spring Break 2012, DPS only reported three auto burglaries and zero stolen vehicles. 

For more information on GIFT, visit the DPS GIFT website

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