Campus Safety Tips

The term "campus crime" tends to bring to mind a few obvious crimes, such as bicycle thefts or textbook thefts. Certainly, these thefts can and do prove very costly to victims. But a realization that any crime that occurs in society can and does occur on a campus puts you one step closer to avoid being a victim. Most crimes can be deterred, if not entirely prevented, by developing simple tasks and habits. While following the tips below cannot guarantee that you will not be a victim of a crime, your chances of being victimized can be reduced.

  • Lock your car doors anytime you leave the car. It takes only seconds to lock and unlock your car doors, and these seconds can save you from being victimized.
  • Don't leave obvious valuables in plain view in your car. Sometimes, temptation and availability is all that is needed to cause a would-be thief to attempt and complete a theft.
  • Check the back seat of your car before you get in. You may have an uninvited passenger.
  • Lock your residence hall room, apartment, or house door. This is probably the best simple deterrent available to protect your property and you. A criminal will often take the path of least resistance.
  • Don't display large sums of cash or expensive jewelry. Again, these actions may provide temptation to a thief. Cash and jewelry are often impossible to trace and easy for a thief to dispose of quickly.
  • Know who is at the door before you open it. Do you readily open the door to your resident hall room, apartment, or house without really knowing who is knocking or what they want? Know who is at the door and what they want. If it doesn't seem right, keep the door shut and communicate through the door.
  • Walk with a friend when out late at night, and walk on designated pathways and well-lit areas. There is truly safety in numbers.
  • Secure bicycles through the wheel and frame with a high-quality cable AND lock or other approved device. The majority of stolen bicycles were not locked at the time of the theft.
  • Register bicycles with the Campus safety Department.
  • Always pick a designated driver prior to attending festivities.
  • Don't impair your judgment with alcohol or illegal drugs. Avoid accepting a ride from someone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs. A void taking a private walk with someone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Work with another student when working late at night in campus buildings.

​​Personal Safety

At home, in an apartment building, or in a residence hall:

  • Keep your room door locked when you are napping or sleeping.
  • Never let unauthorized persons come into your room, enter residence halls, or enter apartment security doors. Always ask to see proper identification.
  • Never prop open inside or outside doors.
  • Do not hide keys outside of your room or apartment. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  • Avoid working or studying alone in a campus building.
  • Never dress in front of a window. Close blinds or curtains after dark.
  • If you are awakened by an intruder inside your room, do not attempt to apprehend the intruder. Try to get an accurate description of the intruder and then call the police.
  • Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Campus Safety immediately.

​​When Driving

  • Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly.
  • Always check underneath your car upon approach and in the rear seat for intruders before entering your automobile.
  • Lock your doors and keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
  • Drive on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
  • Never hitchhike, and never pick up hitchhikers.
  • If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, sound the horn and drive to a safe area such as a convenience store.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police. Do not allow any person access to you or inside your car. Roll down your window no more than an inch. Be aware that an accident may be staged to provide the other driver an opportunity to commit a criminal act.
  • Leave enough room between your car and the one ahead so you can drive around it if necessary.
  • Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.
  • Limit distractions such as cell phones.

While Walking or Jogging

  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, and try not to walk or jog after dark.
  • Avoid dark or vacant areas. Walk along well-lit routes.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed: Run in a different direction, go to the other side of the street and yell for help, or move quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or a blue light emergency phone.
  • Have your keys ready when returning to your residence hall or apartment. Keep your personal or valuable items concealed and close to your body.
  • Avoid wearing headphones when walking or jogging. Always be aware of your surroundings and practice risk avoidance techniques.

Avoid Victimization

Property protection:

  • Lock your door whenever you leave your room for ANY length of time or when sleeping.
  • Secure your vehicle. Close all windows and lock all doors.
  • Never prop open any door.
  • Adequately protect all valuables in your room, such as wallets, jewelry, credit cards,cash and computers. Do not leave valuables or cash in plain view.
  • Protect your books and put your name in them. Do not leave them in public places.
  • Do not loan your keys to anyone.
  • Never hide your keys outside your apartment or room. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  • Take all valuable items home with you during vacations.
  • When in a public place, keep valuable possessions out of sight. If you must leave an area for any length of time, take personal items with you.
  • Participate in "Operation Identification" in cooperation with the Campus Safety Department.