The department of security would like to offer the following tips that can be used in an effort to prevent you from becoming a victim.
- If at all possible, try to avoid studying alone. If it becomes necessary, always let someone know where you are and an approximate time when you will be finished.
- Keep your purse in a locked cabinet or locker. Never place your valuables in a highly visible area.
- Keep your personal belongings in view at all times. Never leave them behind, even for a second to use the rest room or get a drink.
- Never prop open doors, especially fire doors and exterior entrance doors.
- If you observe a suspicious person, dial 911 and report it to the department of security.
- Always walk with another person. Never walk alone to your car at night. If another classmate is not available, call the department of security and request an escort.
- Learn the locations of the emergency telephones on campus.
- Walk on designated walkways that are well lit. Report poor lighting to the department of security. Avoid shortcuts through the park areas, vacant lots and other deserted places.
- Know the location of the department of security and other safe areas.
- If you suspect that you are being followed, turn or cross the street. If you are being followed, use an emergency phone or campus phone to call the department of security. Find a "safe" area to proceed to, such as an office, highly visible area, or a place where there are people who can see you.
- Do not leave valuables, like your wallet, purse, or radar detector, in open view. Conceal or leave the items in a safe place, such as in a locker or trunk of your car.
- Do not give your keys away. Keys can be duplicated. Always keep your keys in your possession.
- Engrave valuables with your name and/or drivers license number. University property should have serial numbers recorded and possess a University inventory tag.
- Require photo identification from maintenance and utility workers prior to allowing them access to your home or office. Verify that the workers have authorization to remove items from the office.
- Report all thefts immediately.
- Keep security, fire, and emergency numbers near your phone.
- Do not let a stranger into your house, even if the stranger states that it is an emergency. Instead, offer to make a call for help.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings when walking outdoors.
- Purses should be carried close to the body and secured under one arm, not swing from the strap.
- Do not walk, jog, or run alone, especially after dark.
- Do not hitchhike.
- Leave a light on at home when you are away. An inexpensive timer on several lights could discourage a break-in.
- Make arrangements with your neighbors or other neighboring office staff when you will be away from your home or office. Ask them to keep an eye on the place. Arrange for someone to retrieve your mail. Discontinue newspaper delivery until you return.
- Transfer telephone calls to a neighbor or friend.
- Walk with confidence. Show that you are aware and in control. Body language works!