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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.

More SafetyTips

The safety topics listed below provide tips for all students, employees, and visitors.

  1. Aggravated Assault
  2. Arson
  3. Burglary
  4. Motor Vehicle Theft
  5. Robbery
  6. Sexual Assault
  7. Stalking
  8. Vehicle Burglary