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General Safety Tips

  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and project a confident attitude.

  • All suspicious activity should be reported to the Department of Public Safety at ext. 2222.

  • Timely and accurate reporting of information makes it easier to gather critical evidence and increase the odds of recovering stolen property and/or successfully apprehending and prosecuting criminals.

  • Avoid walking alone at night: walk with a group, use the campus shuttle bus, or contact the Escort Service. If you must walk alone, please make sure to use well-lighted paths and sidewalks and take the most direct route. Inform someone of your destination and your expected arrival and return times.

  • Keep your doors locked (ROOM AND VEHICLE), and do not prop residence hall doors open. This is an invitation for trouble.

  • Report all maintenance problems (broken doors, window locks, etc.) to Residential Life immediately.

  • Identify your valuables - record serial numbers of TVs, computers, etc. or engrave them.

  • Always secure your valuables and never leave items such as pocketbooks, wallets, keys, cell phones, etc. unattended even for brief periods of time.

  • Use designated crosswalks and pedestrian crossings to safely cross roadways.

  • Be aware of campus and local crime trends. You are your best protection - educate yourself.

  • Shades and curtains should be drawn to prevent potential criminals from looking into your room.

  • Carry only necessary cash and credit cards, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. However, always carry enough money for an emergency phone call or ride home.

  • TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS..if someone does not look right to you or makes you feel uneasy, get away fast! Immediately report him/her to the Department of Public Safety.