Personal Safety Tips
1. Take an active role in your personal safety. Personal safety
starts with you.
2. Remember that a college campus is part of the real world. A
crime can occur anywhere, involve anyone, and take place at any
3. Keep emergency numbers near or on your phone. Report all
suspicious activity, thefts, and other criminal activity
4. Consider your instinct and intuition-trust them.
5. Be aware of your surroundings. At night, walk in well lit
areas, and try to avoid walking alone.
6. Never hitchhike and never pick up hitchhikers. Do not accept
rides from strangers.
7. If approached while in your vehicle, close windows and drive
away when safe to do so. Keep your vehicle in good running
condition. Always lock your car, and remove all packages and
8. Never give out personal information about yourself or others
to strangers or over the phone or internet. When using a phone,
face outward to be aware of what is happening around you.
9. Do not attach your college ID or your home address to your
10. Do not leave books and personal property unattended in
lounges, the dining hall, or the library.
11. Report obscene or harassing phone calls to the Security
& Safety Department.
12. If you observe a crime, take note of any and all information
which may be of assistance to security or the police. When
possible, try to obtain a description of the individual who
committed a crime, or a plate number of the vehicle used in the
commission of a crime.
13. “Think Safety.” Plan your daily schedule with your personal
safety in mind.
14. Some Do’s and Don’ts in residence halls or at home:
- Leave jewelry and valuable items at home.
- Keep items brought to residence halls in a safe location.
- Keep doors and windows locked.
- Participate in the property ID program.
- Open doors to strangers.
- Prop open doors or alter in any manner so that it will not
- Leave extra keys lying around.
- Dress in front of a window.
- Carry large amounts of cash.