Keep your book bag, purse, and other personal belongings in your view at all times.
Never prop open doors, even for a short time.
When walking, try to walk in groups or with someone.
Walk in areas that are well-lit and well traveled.
Walk confidently and assertively.
Be alert to your surroundings.
Purses and back packs should be carried close to the body and under one arm.
Do not hitchhike.
Do not listen to earphones while walking, driving, bicycling, or rollerblading.
Walk facing traffic if possible.
Residence Hall/Apartment Safety
The vast majority of residence hall crimes involve the theft of personal property. Few of these involve forced entry; most are crimes of opportunity. The following tips for your security are equally applicable to apartment living:
Do not prop open locked residence building doors.
Keep your room door locked when sleeping or leaving a roommate asleep.
Lock your door when you leave, no matter how short a time you intend to be gone.
Keep money and valuables out of sight. Take valuables with you over breaks and vacations.
Do not leave notes on your door announcing that no one is present.
Do not take in overnight guests you do not know.
Do not lend out your room key.
Report to residence hall staff all doors, locks, and windows that need repair.
Be suspicious of unknown persons loitering in or about the residence hall. Note their description and notify Campus Safety immediately.
Make sure ground level windows are secure.
Use only your first initial with your last name on mailboxes and in telephone directories.
Do not use your name when recording an outgoing message on your answering machine.
Keep car keys and residence keys on separate key rings.
Keep Campus Safety and emergency numbers by your telephone.
Alcohol and drugs significantly diminish psychological control mechanisms. Avoid their use.
Stand up for yourself.
Be assertive in setting the boundaries of a relationship.
Realize the potential for acquaintance rape and look for danger signals.
Be willing to make a commotion if necessary.
Clearly reject unwanted sexual contact.
Only go to well-populated public places when you are getting to know someone.
It is never right to force yourself on another.
Remember, “NO” means “NO.”