The following personal safety tips are designed to help you be more aware of your surroundings, and to help you protect yourself by taking proactive steps toward crime prevention.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you feel uncomfortable with a person or situation, or if you see something suspicious, don't hesitate to call the police from the nearest phone. Trust your "gut instinct;" if something doesn't "feel right," it probably isn't.
Walk with a friend and use lighted walkways on campus at night. Don't use unlit shortcuts. If you can't walk with a friend, the University Police Department provides a safe alternative, the Campus Connection.
Park your car or bike in a well-lit area.
Have your key ready when approaching your car. The key can also be used as a weapon if you are attacked, but do not interlace your keys in your fingers.
Look under and around your car as you approach. Look inside your car before getting in, carefully checking the back seat area.
Immediately lock your doors once inside the vehicle. This lessens your chance of becoming a victim of carjacking. Do not set your purse, wallet, or other valuables on the front passenger seat.
Always keep your parked car locked and valuables or packages out of sight.
Always lock the doors and windows in your residence hall or apartment, regardless of what floor you live on.
Close the curtains or blinds at night. This will discourage a potential "Peeping Tom."
When someone knocks on your door, look first or ask, "Who is it?", and then open the door only if you know the person. If the person claims to be a repair/utility person and you were not expecting that person, open the door only after verifying (with your landlord or the company the person works for) the reason for the visit.
If you come home and find a door or window open unexpectedly, don't go in! Go to the nearest phone and call the police.
If you notice a suspicious person loitering near your apartment complex or residence hall, don't hesitate to call the police.