- Do not prop doors open in residence halls or university buildings.
- Do not allow unauthorized persons into residence halls or university buildings.
- While walking, stay alert and aware of your surroundings. Keep track of who is in front of and behind you.
- Walk purposefully and with confidence. Also make quick eye contact with those around you.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.
- Walk with a group when possible and face traffic so you can see the approaching cars.
- Carry belongings close to your body and do not flaunt expensive clothes or jewelry.
- Have keys in your hand as you approach your house or car.
- Drive with car doors locked and keep windows up whenever possible.
- Keep your purse and packages under your seat or in the trunk to help prevent a “smash and grab.”
- Keep a good distance between your car and the car in front of you so you can maneuver away if necessary.
- If possible, remove or cover jewelry when driving or using public transportation.
- While waiting for public transportation, stand near other people or near the ticket booth.
- If you are verbally or physically harassed, attract attention by talking loudly or screaming.
- If you feel threatened in an elevator, get off at the next floor. If attacked in an elevator push, the alarm button and as many floor buttons as possible.
- Avoid jogging or biking at night. Also consider NOT wearing headphones-it is safer to be alert.
If You Are Threatened by Someone
- Try to remain calm-do not resist handing over your valuables. You do not want to risk escalating a property crime to a violent crime.
- Be aware that any item you can use as a weapon also may be used against you.
- Get as accurate a description of the attacker and vehicle as possible and call the police immediately.
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