Safety Off Campus

PERSONAL SAFETY

    • Do not walk alone. Walking with one other person reduces your chances of being assaulted by 70%.
    • Avoid walking through dark streets or alleys. The shortest route is not always the safest route. Avoid short cuts.
    • Pay attention to your surroundings. Do not walk while talking on the phone or with your I-pod in your ears. Listen and pay attention.
    • Be aware of deserted laundry rooms, parking lots, etc., especially at night.
    • Only walk or jog in well-lit, populated areas. Vary your route.
    • Shred documents that have personal information on them.
    • Report broken locks, dead lights, overgrown shrubs, etc. to your landlord immediately in writing.
    • Walk in the middle of a sidewalk to avoid people hiding in parked cars, bushes, or cars pulling up and abducting you.
    • Ignore strangers who call out to you.
    • Be aware of your body language. Walk confidently and briskly.
    • Never hitchhike.
    • Do not traverse unfamiliar neighborhoods.
    • If you are being followed on foot, do not be afraid to cross the street or change direction. Enter a well-lit store or knock on a door and call the police. Join a group of people. Do not go home.
    • If you are being followed in a car, turn around and walk the other way. Go down a one way street. Get the license and call the police.
    • Always let a friend know where you are going and when you expect to return.
    • Let people know when you arrive where you were headed.
    • Have your keys out before you get to the door.
    • If you are on campus and need assistance, go to one of the Blue Alert emergency phones to speak immediately with Campus Police.
    • Stay sober and coherent. People under the influence of a substance are much more likely to be the victim of a serious crime or to victimize others.
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