Every year, about 120,000 crimes are reported on college campuses across the country. Let’s face it, you could be the next victim unless you follow these simple precautions.
Learn to Protect Yourself On Campus
- Keep your door locked.
- Always find out who is knocking before you open the door.
- Don’t leave the doors propped open for friends coming over later; uninvited guests may take advantage.
- Don't lend your keys out; keep your keys in a safe place.
- A note at night: have your keys ready to unlock before you get to your door.
Learn to Protect Yourself Off-Campus
- Keep doors locked at all times, even if you are just inside taking a nap.
- Avoid leaving a note on the door that may illustrate you’re not home, and when you may be returning (a note left for a roommate, for example).
- Report broken locks, doors, windows, and lights to maintenance or landlord promptly.
- Draw shades and curtains at night whether you are home or not, preventing anyone on the outside from seeing inside.
- Keep money and jewelry locked in a safe place.
- Use a peephole to see who’s at your door.
- Ask for identification before allowing a repair person or security guard to enter.
- Leave a light on while you are away so your room or apartment will look occupied, and you won’t return to a dark room.
- Make a record of your valuables, including serial numbers. Keep this in a secure spot. Include the following: item, brand name, serial number, and description.
When You Are Out Walking
When you must walk during the day or at night, stay aware of your surroundings. Watch the people close to you, stay observant. Don’t walk alone; get a friend to go with you, especially at night. If you have no one to walk with, try to avoid walking alone and wait until the next day. Use public walkways, walk on well-lit paths, and avoid shortcuts or dark, isolated spots. Try to not overload yourself with bundles.
Some Special Tips
- If you are being followed by someone on foot, cross the street, change directions, and vary your pace. If he persists, go to a lighted store or home and call the police.
- If you are being followed by someone in a car, turn around and walk the other way, or go up a one way street, if possible. If he persists, record the license number and call the police.
- If you are held up, don’t resist. Hand over your wallet or purse quickly and quietly.
- If people are nearby while you are being held up, kicking and screaming could be very helpful in this scenario.
- Report incident to the police immediately.