While police and security departments work to ensure that our campuses are as safe as possible, the primary responsibility for crime prevention and personal safety rests with each individual.
Driving and Parking
- 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.
- Always keep your car doors locked.
- Keep your vehicle properly maintained.
- Be prepared. Have at least a quarter-tank of gas at all times, and always carry a good spare tire and a jack.
- Put valuables in the trunk, not in the seat.
- If your vehicle breaks down, wait with your vehicle and call AAA or the police. Don’t accept a ride with a stranger.
- 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.
- After dark, dress for mobility and avoid walking alone.
- Carry your personal belongings in a backpack or similar container that will enable your arms and hands to be free at all times.
- Don’t wear excessive amounts of jewelry.
- Take precaution when using ATMs.
- Take a self-defense course and maintain proficiency.
- Walk, exercise, and park in well-lighted areas.
Where you Live
- Never prop open your door, 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 give anyone a key to your room. If you lose your room key, report it immediately to your resident assistant.
- 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 residence hall or apartment community. This puts you and others at risk.
- Use your peephole before opening the door.
- Keep your shades down and windows and doors locked.