Crime Prevention Tips
Always be aware and alert of your surroundings.
- Avoid walking alone at night- Use the Buddy System.
- Avoid shortcuts, deserted areas, alleys, and poorly lit streets.
- Don’t text and walk - you can become distracted and unaware of your surroundings.
- Know your campus - Familiarize yourself with building names, room numbers, and streets.
- Know the exits of the building where you study, work, or visit.
- Keep doors and windows locked to your dorm/apartment at all times.
- Scan the area when approaching your vehicle.
- Have your keys out and ready.
- Do not overload yourself with packages.
- As you enter your vehicle, quickly scan the back seat area.
- Look all doors once inside the vehicle.
- Do not open the door to strangers.
- Keep your valuables out of sight, lock them in the trunk.
- Park in well lighted-areas.
- If you drive a small car, avoid parking next to a big car or truck.
- Never let your gas indicator fall below ¼ full.
- Remember: Hide your valuables, lock your car, and take your keys.
- Never leave your valuables unattended/unsecured.
- Engrave your personal valuables with your state issued driver’s license number.
Security in the Student Resident Housing Areas
- Report your lost or stolen key to your dorm/ apartment to Residence Life Assistant immediately, and change your lock immediately.
- Keep your room door locked and secured at all times.
- Never leave your door open when you are napping or sleeping.
- Don’t mark your room key or keychain with the apartment number.
- Do not give anyone a key to your room.
- At night, have your keys ready before you reach the door.
- Engrave your personal valuables with your state-issued driver’s license.
- To prevent identity theft, shred credit card applications, credit-advance checks, and all other papers with your personal information on them before you throw them in the garbage.
- Get to know your neighbors. This is an excellent way to build a sense of community, as well as extra eyes and ears in reporting suspicious activities or behavior.
- Know where the nearest fire extinguisher is located in your apartment complex.
- Make sure ovens and stovetops are turned off after every use - Double check if you have to.
- Have an EXIT strategy in case of an emergency.
- Know your exits in the building in case of a fire or evacuation.
- Keep your bicycle indoors when going on vacation, secure it with a U-type lock to a bike rack.
- Remove all items from inside your car to discourage theft.
When someone is at your door
- Always look through the peephole or window to see who it is before you unlock the door.
- Do not open the door to solicitors.
- If you do not recognize the visitor, ask them questions through the door so they can identify themselves.