Safety Tips

In Your Room, Apartment, or Home

  • Lock your door every time you leave. An intruder can enter in less than ten seconds.
  • Lock or secure doors and windows when you are alone or asleep.
  • Do not prop open outer doors.
  • Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you are away and when you will return.
  • Know your neighbors.
  • Do not let strangers enter dormitory or premises.
  • If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to telephone for them. Do not allow them access.
  • Do not put your address on your key king.
  • Do not leave keys in hiding places. Carry your keys and make sure that anyone who truly needs them has a copy.
  • Keep emergency numbers by your phone and program them into your cell phone.
  • Call 911 to report suspicious persons or activity in or around your neighborhood.
  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911; stay calm and get away at the first opportunity.
  • Do not keep money in your room or home. Open a bank account instead.
  • Keep ATM cards in a safe place. Keep your PIN number secret. Only use ATMs during the day.
  • Use a charge card instead of carrying large sums of cash. Some charge cards insure property purchased with those cards against loss, theft, or damage.

When Riding a Bicycle

  • Lock bikes to immovable objects or bike racks. Use hardened alloy locks and chains or U-shaped locks.

When Walking

  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Keep to well lit, busy routes. Avoid shortcuts and isolated areas.
  • Walk purposefully, know where you are going, and project a no-nonsense image. Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  • If you feel threatened, cross the street, locate an emergency phone, or enter a place of business, even if you just left it.
  • Carry keys in your hand, not buried in pocket, purse, or book bag.

When Driving

  • Always lock your car. (One in five stolen cars had keys in the ignition.)
  • Lock tempting valuables or property in the trunk.
  • Look into your car before getting in. Once inside, lock doors and roll up windows.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Drive to a police or fire station or open business if you feel you are being followed.
  • Do not stop to help occupants of stopped or disabled vehicles. Continue driving to the nearest phone and call assistance for them.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood, then lock yourself in the car. If someone stops and offers you help, remain in the car and ask that person to phone for help. Do not worry about appearing rude.

Phone Numbers

  • 911 (emergencies)
  • Campus Security: 631-5555 (non-emergencies)
  • Student Affairs: 631-2327
  • Late Night Ride: 631-5555