Residence Life Safety
Special Safety Tips for Living On Campus!
Don't Leave the Door Open to Crime!
Although it is felt that student residence facilities at Idaho State University are relatively safe, theft and various crimes against persons are problems experienced in residence hall facilities at colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Living in a residence hall is convenient and fun...and it can be safe too.
At Idaho State University, we are beginning to equip residence halls with card readers, and any student who enters the building after hours must have an ISU identification card.
What happens if you lose your card? You will have to get another one, but if you report it lost/stolen anyone who finds your card will not be able to use it to enter the residence hall as it will be de-activated.
Pretty neat, right? But don’t rely on this only -
The following are some good crime prevention practices that will assist you even further in protecting yourselves and your property.
- Even if it seems like a hassle, the front desk is there for your benefit and safety. By showing your ID, you are protecting yourself and everyone in the resident hall. Don’t let someone in “on your card.” You might be letting in a criminal.
- When moving in or out of your residence facility, always keep your car locked and know who is helping you. Do not leave items of value in plain sight in your vehicle overnight. At least lock such items in the trunk.
- Don’t bring large amounts of cash to campus. Use traveler’s checks and open a bank account as soon as possible.
- Always keep your checkbook with you. Don’t leave it laying out in plain sight in your room. Also, be sure to secure or hide the box of unused checks.
- Be very careful with your credit cards. They have become the theft item of choice in recent years. Don’t delay in reporting lost or stolen credit cards to the company and to Public Safety.
- Lock your door whenever you leave your room, regardless of the length of time you plan to be gone. It only takes a few seconds for someone to enter your room and steal your valuables.
- Lock Your Room When You Are Asleep!
- If you have a roommate and they have guests who you don’t know, be particularly cautious. Don’t take in overnight guests you do not know.
- Close your blinds - especially at night or whenever you are not home.
- Get acquainted with the other residents on your floor or in your complex as soon as possible. This will make it possible for you to know who belongs there and who doesn’t.
- Never loan your keys to anyone or have them duplicated. Report lost or stolen keys immediately.
- Place car keys on a separate ring from your room key. Do not put your name or address on your keys.
- If you are going to be gone for a weekend or longer, tell only those who need to know.
- Never leave notes on your door announcing your name or if you are gone when you will be back.
- Do not leave your name on your answering machine.
- Never prop doors open, especially fire doors, even for a short time. Anyone could slip in. If you find a door propped open, remove whatever it is being propped with and close the door.
- In a dorm, screaming can sound like partying. In an emergency, be specific by shouting "No!" "Stop! “Help!” “Police!” or “Fire!”
- When in an elevator, stand next to the controls. Having a stranger in charge of the emergency stop switch could be dangerous.
- Report suspicious persons lingering around the laundry room, mailboxes or hallways of your building immediately.
- Do not allow door-to-door sales persons to enter your room. Report any soliciting to Public Safety immediately, at ext. 2515!
Residents should engrave valuable items with the identification number and keep a record of descriptions and serial numbers. Bicycles should be registered. Visit our on-line Bicycle Registration page.
Public Safety officers have engravers and inventory forms, and can assist with the engraving. These services are free of charge.
Obscene Phone Calls!
Hang the phone up immediately! Record the time, what was said and any special sounds or noises. Contact Public Safety.
ISU Public Safety
CAMPUS BOX 8140, BLDG. 27
POCATELLO, IDAHO 83209
24 HOUR DISPATCH
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