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Tips and Information

Use your senses. Be aware of what is happening around you. You don’t have to see danger to avoid it.

Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong to you, the go to safety and contact the Police.

Don’t be too trusting. It is easy to get complacent on a college campus. Most people are friendly, but be careful. A little paranoia can be a good thing.

Listen, if you hear someone approaching you from the rear, look around.

Maintain a safe distance from suspicious people to give yourself time to react, or to avoid attack.

Avoid using alcohol or illicit drugs. Their use can impair your judgement, slow reaction times, as well as expose you to some less than desirable social situations and people.

Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be returning.

Always close and lock your door when you’re away from your room, even if it is for a few minutes. Lock your room when you are asleep, even if your roomate(s) are still expected to come in after you.

Don’t leave valuables out where they can be seen through an open window when you’re away.

Be suspicious of strangers wandering through residence halls or other residential areas. Don’t hesitate to ask if they need help. When in doubt, report them to the staff or the police.

Remember to close exterior doors to residence halls. If you notice a door propped open, close it.

If you have a bicycle, use a good lock to secure it. The U-shaped locks tend to provide the best security. Always lock your bike to an immovable object such as the bike racks, but don’t lock it to a railing or light pole.

If you have a car on campus, always lock it when you park. Don’t leave valuables visible inside.

Record the serial numbers of all valuables stored in your room or your car. It’s also a good idea to engrave your drivers license number on them.

Be cautious when talking to strangers on the telephone. Don’t reveal anything about yourself or your housemates until you know who you’re talking to.

Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when walking alone late at night. Be mindful of the nearest phone or Blue Light Emergency Call Box.


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