Crime prevention means being aware of your environment and remaining alert to situations that could make you vulnerable to crime. We cannot list specific measures that will protect you from every threatening situation that may arise. Instead, we hope to teach you how to think "crime prevention" in day-to-day living. The suggestions presented should not be thought of as a list of crime prevention measures, but as examples of common sense behavior that will help you to make life safer and more secure.
DO NOT GIVE YOUR NAME, address, or phone number to strangers. If you have your name published in the local telephone directory, use only initials and do not list your address.
AT NIGHT, travel in frequently-used and well-lighted areas. Avoid taking "shortcuts" that you may not be as familiar with or that may take you out of frequently-traveled areas.
WALK FACING TRAFFIC whenever possible. This increases awareness of potential traffic hazards and also reduces the possibility of being followed by someone in a vehicle. Avoid walking by the curb or near buildings or shrubbery. Walk in the middle of the sidewalk with confidence.
IF YOU FEEL THREATENED or suspect that you are being followed, walk toward lighted areas where there are people. Look over your shoulder frequently - this lets the follower know that you are aware of both his presence and your surroundings.
WHEN RIDING IN A CAR, keep the doors locked. Park in the most lighted area you can find. Upon returning to your car, have your keys ready as you approach your vehicle. Check the back and front seats to make sure that the car is empty before you get in.
IF ANYTHING MAKES YOU "LOOK TWICE" OR FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, CALL THE POLICE. REPORT ANY UNUSUAL OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY.
Protect Your Car
LOCK YOUR CAR and take the keys with you. Many car burglaries and car thefts occur because the owner did not take time to secure the car. Don't make your car a target of opportunity by leaving it unlocked.
DO NOT PARK in isolated, dark places if these areas can be avoided. Park where the car will be well-illuminated, and if possible, where people will also be about.
DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLE ITEMS unattended in your car. Place expensive items such as cameras, packages and even textbooks in the locked trunk.
Protect Yourself While Driving
Protect Yourself in Public Areas
DO NOT LEAVE PERSONAL PROPERTY UNATTENDED. In public areas, such as the Library and classrooms, do not leave your personal effects unattended, even "for just a minute."
DO NOT CARRY MORE CASH THAN YOU NEED. Avoid "flashing" your cash in public.
DO NOT CARRY BOTH YOUR IDENTIFICATION CARDS AND YOUR CHECKS IN YOUR WALLET. Keep them separate: I.D.s in your wallet in one pocket and your checkbook in another pocket. Do not write your PIN number down. If you do lose your checkbook or bankcard, the thief will not have access to that number.
CARRY YOUR PURSE OR BACKPACK CLOSE to your body, and keep a tight grip on it.
MARK ITEMS that you normally take to class, such as textbooks, backpacks and calculator, with either your name or driver's license number.
KEEP A LIST of your credit cards, identification cards and checking account numbers. If they are stolen or lost, you will have a list of numbers to provide to the police. Remember that you must contact not only the police, but also all of the credit card companies and banks with which you do business. Make these notifications immediately.
KEEP AND MAINTAIN A WORKING CELLULAR TELEPHONE...it is an excellent way to remain in touch and summon help in an emergency.
If You are Attacked
After the Attack
Personal Security at the Office
Know How to Call for Help
The following guidelines apply to emergency conditions on campus. It is not possible to establish procedures for every type of emergency, but these guidelines cover many emergency or hazardous situations. Please review them frequently so that you will be prepared in an emergency.