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The Office of Public Safety: Safety Tips

Protect Yourself: Safety Tips

AT DORM:

  • Lock the door to your apartment or residence hall at all times to gain the extra protection a locked door affords. Most thefts and burglaries occur when the doors remain unlocked.
  • Never admit uninvited non-residents into residence halls or campus housing facilities.
  • Do not leave entrances to Student Housing Facilities propped Open. This reduces the chance of unauthorized persons from entering.
  • Keep a record of the serial numbers of all your belongings. Items of value that do not have a serial number can be engraved with your driver’s license number and photographed to aid in recovery.
  • Store valuables and large sums of cash at the bank. A checking account is a safer way to store cash and valuables can be stored in a safety deposit box.
  • Insurance in residence halls covers the institutions property only. Residents are encouraged to provide their own insurance against loss of, or damage to personal possessions.

IN PUBLIC AREAS:

  • When going out, make a habit of telling your roommate, a friend, or staff member know what your plans are and when you expect to return as a precautionary safety measure.
  • At night, travel in well-lighted areas and 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.
  • Stay alert and 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 people are present. Look over your shoulder frequently to let the follower know that you are aware of both his/her presence and your surroundings.
  • Do not leave personal property unattended in public areas, such as the library, student center, and classrooms. It only takes a moment for someone to steal.
  • Do not carry more cash than you need and carry your purse or backpack close to your body and keep a tight grip on it.
  • Keep a list of your credit cards, identification cards and checking account numbers, so that if they are stolen or lost, you can provide the list of numbers to the police. Also keep a list of the phone numbers to your bank and credit card companies with which you do business, so that you can immediately notify them when your cards are lost or have been stolen.
  • Cellular phones are an excellent way to remain in touch and summon help if needed. Make sure to charge your phone regularly so that you can use it when you need it most.

IF ANYTHING MAKES YOU LOOK TWICE OF FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE, call campus Public Safety or the police. Report any unusual or suspicious activity immediately.

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