- A large number of residence hall thefts occur because residents fail to lock their door. It takes approximately eight seconds for someone to walk into an unattended room and remove something, such as a purse or jewelry. Lock your door, even if you are only going to the bathroom or next door.
- Lock your door when you are in your room, especially when you are asleep.
- Do not lend your keys to anyone or let anyone use a key with which you have been entrusted. Never leave keys lying around. If your keys are lost or stolen, report it to Security Services as soon as possible.
- Never leave handbags, wallets, jewelry, or other valuables unattended in residence hall rooms, showers, or lounges. Put them away in a safe place in your room (under lock and key, if possible).
- Strangers loitering around residence halls should be reported to a member of the Residence Hall Staff and to the Security Services Department.
- Do not prop open residence hall doors that are supposed to be locked.
- Do not leave items of value in your room during vacation periods and long holidays.
- If you receive annoying or obscene telephone calls, notify Security Services, the Residence Hall Staff, and the telephone company at once.
- Do not let strangers into your room.
- Do not advertise or write on your door where you will be or when you will return.
- When walking at night, walk near the curb. Use the best lighted route, and try not to walk alone.
- Do not jog alone at night.
- If you think someone is following you, cross the street, walk faster, or even walk down the middle of the street. Try to go to a lighted area, an open building, or a group of people.
- Do not accept rides from strangers. If a car approaches, and you are threatened, walk in the opposite direction of the vehicle.
- Do not overload yourself with packages, books and other things.
- If your purse is snatched, don't fight. Give it up rather than risk injury. It will not be a great loss if you:
- Carry no more cash than is absolutely necessary, and
- Keep a list at home of all credit cards, licenses, and personal papers.
- When you walk to your vehicle, have your keys ready in your hand so you will not have to stand outside your car looking for them. Always check the rear seat and floor of your car before you get in.
- Lock the doors as soon as you get into the vehicle and keep them locked.
- Report any encounters with voyeurs or exhibitionists to Security Services.
- If you are the victim of a crime, notify Security Services immediately.
- If you discover a fire, sound the alarm. Know where the alarms are located in every campus building.
- If you are in a burning building, go to the nearest exit stairs. Do not use elevators.
- Feel the door handles. If hot, do not open.
- If your exit is blocked, look for another exit or return to your room.
- Keep low to the floor to avoid smoke.
- Tie a wet cloth over your nose and mouth to aid breathing.
- If you are trapped in your room, seal cracks around door with tape, clothes, sheets, etc.
- If there is no smoke outside, open windows slightly. Open at top (to vent smoke) or at bottom (to let in fresh air).
- Signal rescuers by waving a sheet, etc., out the window or telephone for help.
- Don't jump if you are higher than two stories.
- If your clothing catches fire, don't run. Drop to the floor and roll out the fire.If you are in a burning building, go to the nearest exit stairs. Do not use elevators.
- Have an emergency escape plan worked out.
- Never tamper with fire alarms or extinguishers. They could save your life.Have an emergency escape plan worked out.
Know How To Protect Your Property
- Personal property, including vehicles, is your responsibility to protect from theft.
- Identify all items of value by engraving item with your name and state's operator license number (OLN) or state's personal identification number (PIN). Security Services has electric engravers for your use and will assist you if desired.
- Make a personal inventory of all valuables and keep it in a safe place. Security Services has pamphlets that can help you with this.
- When parking your car, always be sure to lock all doors and roll up windows. Lock any valuables in the trunk or take them with you.
- Always lock your bicycle to a bike rack, even if you will be gone only a short time. Use a cable or chain at least 3/8" diameter linked through both wheels and frame.
Use Your Head to Protect Your Body
There's no one perfect way to protect yourself, but remember:
- You have the right to set limits.
- Communicate those limits clearly. E.S.P. does not work.
- Trust your instincts. If a situation doesn't feel right, change the situation or get away from it.
- Be aware of your surroundings who's out there and what's going on.
- Don't fog your judgement with alcohol or other drugs. They decrease your ability to take care of yourself and make sensible decisions.
- First date or blind date? Check him/her out with friends. Go to a public place, a movie, restaurant, or campus event with friends, not alone.
- Don't leave a party, concert, or bar with someone you just met or don't know well, no matter how charming.
- Show you're in control walk with confidence.
- Stand up for yourself. If someone is pressuring you, say that you don't like it and mean it. Don't be embarrassed to make a scene. You know what's best for you.
- Educate yourself concerning crime prevention tactics.
- Consider in advance what you would do if confronted by a criminal.
- Know yourself and your capabilities.