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Crime Prevention Tips
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- Do not get close to a vehicle if you are walking.
- Have your keys out and ready.
- Make an inspection of the interior before you enter your vehicle. Once inside, lock all doors and windows.
- Park in well-lighted areas. Do not park where suspicious persons are loitering.
- Trust and follow your instincts.
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times. All exterior doors should be equipped with deadbolt locks.
- If you do not have a peephole, request that one be installed.
- Know whom to call in an emergency.
- Do not open your door for anyone you do not know. If a person in uniform knocks and you did not call for assistance, contact the person's place of employment to verify the reason for the visit.
- Use outside lighting and keep shrubbery trimmed around windows and doors.
- Never leave your personal property unsecured or unattended.
- Look around and be aware of your surroundings when you enter and exit a building.
- Always tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return.
- Be aware of your surroundings and think about how you would defend yourself. Develop a "game plan" for prevention.
- Avoid walking alone, particularly after dark. If walking alone is unavoidable, be aware of your surroundings.
- Walk with confidence and determination, holding your head up. Look behind and around you frequently.
- Avoid shortcuts. The shortest route is not always the safest route.
- Dress for mobility, particularly after dark.
- Carry your personal belongings in a backpack or similar container that will enable your arms and hands to be free at all times.
- Never allow someone to predict your route of travel. Whether you are driving, biking, walking, or jogging; frequently alter your route between campus and your residence.
- Know your sexual limits and communicate them clearly and firmly.
- Do not allow your body language to send a different message than what you are verbally communicating.
- Avoid the use of mind-altering drugs. (This includes alcohol.)
- Listen to and respond to your instincts. They are usually correct.
- Never accept a ride from someone you do not know well.
- Never prop your door open, even if you will be gone for only a few minutes. Always lock doors, screens, and windows to prevent uninvited access to your room.
- Do not go inside your residence if you return and find that the door is ajar. Immediately notify the police.
- Do not give anyone a key to your room. If you lose your room key, report it immediately to your Residence Advisor.
- Do not leave valuables in plain sight. Register, engrave, mark, and/or photograph all your valuables including bicycles, stereos, jewelry,vehicles, computers, etc.
- Never let strangers into your hall. This puts you and others at risk.
- Be aware of suspicious persons and activities. If you observe someone or something suspicious, notify the residence hall staff and the UTA Police Department.
- Report any obscene, annoying, or threatening telephone calls to the UTA Police Department.