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Crime Prevention Tips

While it is the primary focus of our department to do all we can to ensure your safety and security, there are things you can do to decrease the chances of becoming a victim of crime. This page highlights some basic crime prevention tips to help keep you safe both on and off campus.

Personal Safety

  • Avoid poorly lit streets and pathways.
  • Keep alert: if you see a person acting suspiciously, head for bright lights and people.
  • Never jog alone; stick to a planned route and run with a friend.
  • Your first defense is noise – SCREAM! To help attract attention to your location.
  • Convey confidence through body language – walk with your head up and be alert.
  • If you are working or studying late and encounter or see suspicious person(s) or activity, notify Public Safety immediately. Immediate notification will increase your safety, may prevent a crime and may assist in locating a criminal.

 

Preventing Theft

  • Close and lock the doors and windows to your car or office whenever you leave, even for a brief period of time. It only takes a thief seconds to enter and walk away with your belongings.
  • Do not keep your purse, wallet, keys etc. out in the open. Don’t let them become an easy target. 
  • Try not to leave small valuable items unattended as they are easily stolen.
  • Don’t let it become common knowledge where you keep your belongings.
  • DO NOT leave your debit or credit cards where they can be seen and taken. Stolen cards can be used before you even know they are missing. 
  • Never write your PIN numbers on your card or give them to anyone.
  • Notify any credit or debit card companies, and/ or any other organization your stolen items may be accessed or used.
  • Notify the Department of Police Services immediately if you become a victim of theft (if not on campus, contact local police for your area)

 

Sexual Assault Prevention

  • Communicate clearly and listen carefully to what your partner is saying.
  • Communicate your limits firmly and directly. 
  • In a dating situation, define exactly what you want and don’t want from the relationship. 
  • Attend large parties with friends you can trust. Agree to “look out” for one another. 
  • Limit alcohol consumption. Remember, alcohol and drugs can interfere with your abilities to comprehend and communicate effectively.
  • Leave parties and / or social gatherings in a group rather than by yourself or with someone you don’t know very well.