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General Safety Tips

There are a number of things you can do to increase your personal security.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and remain alert.
  • Secure the windows and lock all doors to your vehicle, residence hall room, apartment, and office at all times.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas or being isolated with someone you do not know or trust.
  • Communicate with friends and family about where you are going, who you are with, and when you anticipate leaving or arriving.
  • Try to attend social gatherings with friends and develop plans to stay together so you can look out for one another.
  • Consume alcohol responsibly and do not accept drinks from people you do not know or leave your drink unattended.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave. If you see something, say something.
  • Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets when possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other shortcuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled.
  • Do not leave external doors propped open. If you find a door propped open, close it.
  • Avoid allowing strangers to “piggyback” on your access card.
  • Do not carry social security cards and birth certificates in your purse or wallet. Do not attach PIN numbers to debit or credit cards.
  • Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. Walk close to the curb, avoiding doorways, bushes, and other potential hiding places.
  • If you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic. A person walking with traffic can be followed, forced into a car, and abducted more easily than a person walking against traffic.
  • When walking late at night or through an unfamiliar area, walk with purpose and intentionality.
  • Whenever possible, secure valuables out of sight.
  • If you ride your bike to campus, secure it with a U-lock instead of a cable lock.