Personal & Property Safety
Here are some tips for staying safe while on campus and out within the community!
- Don’t walk alone, especially at night.
- Be aware of what is going on around you.
- When at a party/club, do not allow others to get your drink or drink from a cup that you have not had an eye on.
- Do not allow a lot of people in your room/apartment at one time because you are responsible for their actions while there.
- Do not give out personal information over the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know with whom you are dealing.
- If you notice someone following you when you’re driving, head for the nearest busy, brightly lighted area. Write down the license number and make and model of the car. Call 911 or your local emergency number.
- Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
- When returning to your vehicle, carry your keys in your hand and be ready to unlock the door and enter as quickly as possible. As you approach your vehicle, scan the area, glance underneath the vehicle and take a quick look inside before entering.
No matter where you reside, theft of your personal property is always possible. All residents are encouraged to follow basic concepts in keeping their property safe:
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times especially when you leave, even if it is to just go next door for a second.
- Mark all personal items with an identifiable marking.
- Never leave your wallet, bag, purse or other items of property unsecured or unattended
- Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle, including books.
- Only carry sufficient cash for your immediate needs.
- Never carry your Personal Identification Number with your credit cards. Never tell anyone, including a bank representative, your PIN.
- Never let anyone see your PIN when entering it on an Automatic Teller Machine.
- Always carry your bag or purse close to you where it cannot be easily snatched.
- Don’t put your bag or purse on the floor when in a public toilet cubicle.
Any damage to your personal property is not the responsibility of the institution. For that reason, you are encouraged to think about insurance. You will want to see if your parents/guardians insurance covers your property while here at school. If not, you may want to see about getting your own insurance.