Crime Prevention

In your office or room:

  • Lock your door, even if you are just going down the hall. It takes a thief 10 seconds or less to enter a room and steal your property.
  • Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you are away and when you will be back.
  • If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to dial the telephone for them instead of allowing access.
  • Do not put your address on your key ring.
  • Do not leave money out or store it in your office or room. Large amounts of money should be kept in a bank account.
  • Call Campus Safety and Security at ext. 2111, immediately if you are the victim of a theft from your office or room, or to report suspicious persons or activity.

When walking:

  • Walk in well-lit areas of the campus at night.
  • Walk in pairs and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk purposefully, know where you are going, and project a no-nonsense image.
  • Be aware of the location of the emergency blue phones.
  • For an escort on campus, call Campus Security at ext. 2111.

Protecting your auto or bicycle:

  • Always lock your car.
  • Lock bikes to bike racks with hardened-alloy locks and chains or U-lock locks.
  • Do not leave tempting valuables or property visible inside the car. Lock these items in your trunk.

Protecting yourself when driving:

  • Look into your car before getting in. Lock doors and roll up windows once inside for protection.
  • Do not stop to help occupants of stopped or disabled cars. Continue driving to the nearest phone and call assistance for them or use your cellular phone.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood, then lock yourself into your car. Use your cellular phone to call for help if you have one. If someone stops and offers you help, remain in your car and ask them to phone for help if you do not have a cellular phone and/or service. Do not worry about seeming rude.
  • If traveling a great distance and you stop at a rest area at night, attempt to park in a well-lit area. Be extra careful and be aware of your surroundings and the other people at the rest stop.