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Crime Prevention Tips

Theft Prevention

  • Don’t leave personal property (purses, backpacks, laptop computers, cell phones) unattended in classrooms, libraries, lounges, restrooms, corridors, or any public areas.  Take personal items with you or ask someone you know and trust to watch the items for you. 
  • Limit the carrying of money, personal identification, credit, and debit cards.  Only carry what you need. 
  • Record the serial number of your valuables, especially laptop computers.  If valuables are stolen, serial numbers are needed for the police report.

Street Safety

  • Use the “buddy system” whenever possible.  Avoid walking or jogging alone.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Walk confidently and with a purpose.
  • Avoid talking on a cell phone or listening to music with earphones while walking or jogging.
  • Walk or jog in well-lighted and populated areas.  Avoid alleys and construction sites.
  • Avoid engaging in conversation with individuals soliciting food, money.
  • Never accept a ride or get too close to a car if someone is asking for directions.
  • Carry a backpack, purse or bag that zips and has a cover flap with a strap(s) that can be worn across your shoulder.  Avoid bags with outside compartments.  Carry wallets in front, rather than rear pockets.
  • TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS!  If you feel uncomfortable, immediately proceed to the nearest well-lighted, populated area (this may be an open restaurant, store or business) and ask for help, or call 911.

Public Transportation Safety

  • Use the “buddy system” whenever possible.
  • Know the bus or train schedule ahead of time to avoid waiting longer than necessary.
  • Choose a stop or station that is well lit and populated.
  • Choose a seat near the driver or conductor, whenever possible.
  • Avoid displaying cash, electronic devices and jewelry (remove jewelry or tuck necklaces inside your clothing and turn rings around so stones are not showing).
  • Stay alert! Don’t sleep on the bus or train.
  • Hold on to purses, backpacks and bags.  Don’t rest on the seat or floor.

Parking Safety

  • Do not park in isolated locations.
  • Park in well-lit, higher traffic locations, whenever possible.
  • Make a note where you parked to avoid wandering around looking for your vehicle when you return.
  • Do not leave packages and valuables visible.  Lock in storage compartments or place under seats.
  • Remove GPS devices/holders from the dashboard.  Lock in storage compartments or take with you.
  • Always lock all doors and take your keys with you.
  • When returning to your vehicle, have your keys in hand and ready before arriving at the vehicle.
  • When approaching vehicle, look at all sides and beneath vehicle for someone who may be hiding. Check the interior of the vehicle as well, before entering.
  • Once in the vehicle, lock all doors, start the engine and move from the parking spot.  Don’t sit there applying make-up, or talking on the phone.

Residential Safety

  • Keep your doors and windows locked, even when you are inside.
  • Don’t open your door to strangers.
  • Don’t let unfamiliar people into your room.
  • Don’t leave notes on your door about where you are or when you will be back.
  • Don’t loan your keys to anyone or place any identification on your key ring.
  • Don’t prop exterior doors open or allow unfamiliar people to enter the building behind you.
  • Immediately report suspicious persons or activity to your RA, Campus Safety or the police.

Acquaintance/Date Rape Prevention

  • Go to parties, clubs, and bars with a group of friends.  Agree beforehand to leave together.
  • Go on group dates, too.
  • Never leave or go somewhere alone with someone you don’t know well.
  • Don’t accept open beverages from anyone but a bartender or other professional server.
  • Pour or open your own drink.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.  If you do, discard it and get a new one when you return.
  • If you suspect that you or a friend has been drugged, call 911 or get to the nearest medical attention.
  • Date rape drugs are colorless, odorless, and tasteless.

Obscene Phone Calls

  • Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call.  Don’t show any reaction and don’t engage the caller in any conversation.
  • Note the time, what the caller said, a description of the voice, and any background noise.
  • Report to the local police department and RA, if in a residence hall.