Public Safety Department
TIPS ON SAFEGUARDING PERSONAL PROPERTY
Laptops, cell phones, iPods, book bags, purses, MP3 players. These are just some of the items that are reported to Public Safety as being lost, misplaced, or stolen. What can you do to prevent losing or having your valuables stolen? Simply remove the opportunity by following the suggestions below:
Cell phones have fast become a favorite target of thieves. To reduce your chances of becoming the victim of a cell phone theft, the Public Safety Department offers you the following safety tips:
carry a bag that makes you a target. A bag that dangles from the shoulder can be easily yanked off your shoulder by someone coming up from behind.
carry your bag in such a manner that you can't let it go if you have to. Many women have been injured because their own bags acted as handcuffs as a purse snatcher yanked it away.
be aware of your surroundings and carry your bag close to your body, tucked in the bend of your elbow.
minimize the amount of money and credit cards that you carry with you on a daily basis. Divide your money between pockets and bags.
you are the victim of a purse snatch do not fight to hold onto your bag, especially if there is a weapon involved.
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Be careful not to display money in public.
Hold on to your pocketbook when using the shoulder strap.
Keep your wallet out of sight and never put your wallet in your rear pocket.
Be sure your necklaces and other jewelry are not visible.
Do not doze or fall asleep on the train.
Beware of loud arguments or noisy incidents. They could be staged to distract you in order to pick your pocket.
WALKING AROUND CAMPUS
Familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus. Survey the campus while classes are in session and after dark to see that academic buildings, walkways, facilities, and parking lots are adequately secured and well-lighted.
Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets.
Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends and give them your telephone numbers.
At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or “short cuts” through isolated areas.
Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
Use the campus escort or shuttle services at night.
If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business or home; knock on the door, and request that someone call the Police. Note the description of the person following you.
Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential concealment.
Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it; carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or your front pant pocket.
Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that restrict your movements.
Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.
The Office of Public Safety is committed to investigating reports of lost, misplaced, or stolen property. Prevention, however, is the best cure. This newsletter is a service to educate the campus community on safeguarding of personal property. We know that we are amongst a responsible, vigilant, and caring population of people.
Please do your part by getting involved. It will help us all.