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Safety Tips

Basic rules:

  • If you notice someone who seems out of place or behaves suspiciously, report the person to the security office or the police.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use the buddy system. If you must travel alone, make sure a roommate, close friend, or relative knows where you are going and when you are expected back.
  • Keep dorm room/apartment doors locked at all times. Keep a list of emergency numbers by the phone.
  • Do not accept rides with strangers or with persons who appear to be intoxicated.
  • Never reveal your phone number to a wrong number caller. Ask what number they dialed and advise them to try again.
  • Never reveal to a caller that you are home alone, and hang up on obscene callers.
  • Do not give out personal information to a stranger on the phone.
  • Report abandoned or suspicious packages or bags to the security office or police.
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Carry only necessary cash and credit cards.

On foot:

  • Walk with confidence and take note of your surroundings. Avoid shortcuts.
  • After dark, walk with others or use a shuttle service.
  • Use well-lit walk-ways.
  • Walk facing traffic.
  • Make mental notes about the location of emergency phones/pay phones along your route.
  • If carrying a purse or bag wear the shoulder strap across your chest and walk with the bag away from the curb to avoid drive by purse snatchers.
  • Don't wear a walkman when walking alone.

Inside a building:

  • Don't enter elevators with someone who looks out of place or behaves suspiciously.
  • Don't go into a stairwell alone.
  • Keep the door locked if you are in a room alone and ask who is there before opening a door when someone knocks on it.
  • Keep your purse, wallet, or other valuable items with you at all times; never leave them unattended.

In your car:

  • Always lock your car when you leave it.
  • Keep your keys in your hand while you walk to your car. Pay attention to the area surrounding your car and check the floor and back seat of your car before getting in.
  • Park in well-lit areas and close to the building you are visiting.
  • Never pick up hitchikers.

Using ATMs:

  • Use automatic teller machines (ATMs) that are busy, easily seen by the public, and located in well lit areas.
  • Avoid using an ATM alone or at night.
  • Do not stand at an ATM and count your money