General Safety and Tips
Here are some easy ways to prevent
thefts and other crimes to yourself and your property while
Lock Your Door!!!
Locking your door
is the single best deterrent to the would-be thief in the
dormitory, office or other residence. Doors left unlocked
for just one minute are a great risk. It takes about eight
seconds to remove valuables from an unlocked room. Many
rip-offs occur while the occupant is on the same floor,
having left for one minute to visit a bathroom or neighbor.
In the average year University Police investigate over 400
thefts, 50 burglaries and many other crimes. Many of these
crimes could have been prevented by locking doors. It is
also a good idea to lock valuables in a cabinet, closet or
drawer with a good security lock.
Keep Your Keys!!!
Keys are an
important way of keeping yourself and your property safe.
Here are a few tips about keeping your keys safe:
- Do not loan
your keys to anyone; their carelessness may lead to your
- Do not ID a
key-ring with your address; duplicates can be used at a
- Do not label
keys indicating which door or lock they fit. If
necessary, color code the key with a sticker to remind
yourself what it goes to.
- Do not leave
keys lying around or in unused clothing; duplicates can
- Keep keys
immediately ready in hand when arriving at car or
- If your keys
become lost or stolen, notify the University Police or
issuing agent immediately.
- Be aware of
the "wrong number" gimmick; it is used to see if you are
- If you notice
strangers anywhere, call the police to check on them.
- Make your
neighbor aware of your absence and don't leave a note on
your door announcing that you're not there.
- DEMAND ID
from strangers before allowing them inside.
- Maintain an
inventory of all valuables using serial number, model
- DO NOT
ENTER a room or apartment if you think you have been
burglarized (open doors and windows that were not when
you left should be considered potential burglaries).
Call the police IMMEDIATELY from a safe place!!!
- When you report
suspicious persons or incidents:
- Supply address of
- Give number of
individuals who are involved.
- Describe what is
- Obtain a
description of suspects (approximate age, height,
weight, complexion, clothing)
- Notice if any
weapons are involved.
- Stay on the phone
while it is safe or until told otherwise.
- When you park:
- Lock ignition and
- Close and lock
windows and doors.
- Keep all valuables
out of sight; use the trunk whenever possible.
- Choose a well-lit
area to park at night.
- When returning to
your vehicle, have your keys ready and check
interior before entering.
- When you drive:
- Do not pick up
- Keep doors locked;
be alert at traffic stops.
- Do not lower
windows for strangers; demand credentials.
- If stalled, ask for
aid through a cracked window; remain in your
- Travel well-lit
- When you walk:
- NEVER WALK ALONE,
especially at night.
- Do not take
shortcuts; travel well-lit busy routes.
- If you feel like
you're being followed, change directions and head
for an area with lights and people.
- If you're in
trouble, SCREAM!!! It's you're number one defense.