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Personal Safety

Many Crimes Can Be Prevented If You: 

  • Trust your instincts
  • If you suspect something is wrong, or a situation seems dangerous, you may be right! Don't dismiss suspicious people, cars or situations. Report them to Campus Safety immediately.
  • Avoid dangerous situations
  • Don't invite trouble. Use your best judgment about where you go and what you do.
  • Work with the police and courts

People working together can prevent and solve many crimes. 

Protect Yourself at Home 

  • Lights: Leave at least one on, inside and out, when you're away. If you're away, use a timer to turn lights on and off.
  • Unwanted calls: Don't give out personal information such as your name or address. If you have an answering machine, use it to screen unwanted calls. Notify the police or phone company of threatening or harassing calls.
  • Strangers: Install a peephole, if possible. Don't open the door for strangers, unexpected repair people, deliveries, etc. Always ask for a company ID. Call to verify it, if you're suspicious.
  • Make friends in the neighborhood: Watch other houses or apartments, and let your neighbors know of anything that's suspicious. Offer your phone to neighbors for emergency use, and use theirs when necessary. Keep in touch with your neighbors.
  • Doors and locks: Keep doors locked at all times. Buy high quality locks, dead bolt, mortise or auxiliary locks and use them! Be sure any door and window locks can be opened quickly if there's a fire.
  • Elevators: Get on with a group, if possible. Stand away from the door while waiting alone. Don't ride an elevator alone with a stranger. If you're uncomfortable with a stranger, get off immediately. Stand near the control panel, and hit the alarm button and floor buttons, if necessary.

If You Think Someone Is Inside Your Home: 

  • Don't go in. Call the police from a nearby phone.

Protect Yourself on The Street 

  • Dress appropriately: Avoid flashy clothes, jewelry or furs. They might attract unwanted attention. Dress so you can walk or run easily to avoid an attack.
  • Walk with someone: Stay alert to those around you. If you must walk alone, walk confidently. Go into a public place if you need to ask directions. If you think you are being followed, change directions and go to public spaces.
  • Walk near people: Avoid isolated areas, parks and parking lots. Shortcuts may save you time, but they may expose you to danger, too.
  • Protect your valuables: Carry only what you need with you. Carry necessary valuables close to your body. Don't set them down. Carry a wallet in a front or inside pocket, instead of a purse. If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body.

If You're Being Followed 

  • Act suspicious.
  • Turn to look at the person. This gives you time to plan your strategy. It also lets the person know you won't be taken by surprise.
  • Change directions: If someone is following you on foot, cross the street and vary your pace. If the person is in a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • Go into a store or other public place: If the person follows you, ask to use the phone to call the police.

Responding To An Attack 

In Any Situation, Your Goal Is to Get Away Safely!! 

  • Evaluate the situation: Look around. What is the quickest escape route? Are there sources of help available? Get the attention of others.
  • Stay alert and focused: Listen and observe carefully so you can make the best decision now and provide important evidence later.
  • Decide how you want to respond: Every situation is different. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself. Screaming, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape. Do whatever is necessary to survive! Don't give up.
  • Give up your valuables: If the attacker wants your valuables, give them up. Valuables can be replaced, your life can't.

After the Attack 

  • Work with the police.
  • Keep emergency numbers handy.
  • Keep a list near the phone and in a wallet or purse.
  • Notify Campus Safety or police of suspicious activities.
  • Report cars, people, deliveries, etc., that seem suspicious.
  • Stay alert.
  • Remember the time, the person's appearance, height, weight, clothing, scars, hair, etc. The car's make, color and especially license number. Write information down as soon as possible.
  • Press charges.
  • If you're the victim of any crime, assist the police in prosecuting the criminal. Don't take chances with your personal safety!!