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Safety Reminders/Tips

  • Always lock your vehicle and the doors to your residence.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Stay away from bushes and shrubs in isolated areas where someone could be hiding; be aware of others around you in case you need help.
  • Call campus police to share a description of the person.
  • Carry your keys in your hand with the key you will use next held separately. It will lessen the time needed to open the door. A key also makes a good weapon in case you are attacked.
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • If you are attacked, yell, if you can. Yelling alone could scare away your attacker. Yell “911” and people will know you are in trouble.
  • If you are attacked, you have the right to defend yourself, even if it means hurting the other person.
  • If you jog or walk for exercise, don’t take the same route everyday. An attacker may observe your pattern for several days before he/she decides to assault you. Tell a friend what route you plan to take in case there is a problem.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Let others know where you are and with whom. Call your destination before you leave and call back when you have arrived safely. In case something happens to you on your way, this information will be very valuable to the police. Look in the back seat of your car before you enter it.
  • Take a self-defense class. Trust your instincts. If you see someone suspicious, go to the nearest place of safety and call for help.
  • Walking with confidence may deter an attacker.