Personal Safety and Crime Prevention Tips
By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself and also discourage those who commit crimes.
On Public Streets
- Always be alert to your surroundings and aware of the people around you, especially if you are alone or it’s dark.
- Be aware of locations and situations that would make you vulnerable to crime.
- Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
- Walk confidently at a steady pace on the side of the street facing traffic.
- Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide.
- Don't be afraid to make eye contact with people when walking.
- Do not respond if a stranger speaks to you on the street; continue walking.
Vehicles and Parking
- Always lock your vehicle doors after entering or leaving the vehicle.
- Have your keys in your hand when approaching your vehicle (or home). You’ll get inside much quicker and will avoid placing yourself in a vulnerable position.
- Park your vehicle in well-lit, designated parking areas only.
- If someone is loitering near your unoccupied vehicle as you approach it, keep walking or go to a safe place until the person leaves.
- Do not keep valuables in your car. If you must, place them in the trunk where they will be out of sight or take them with you for safeguarding.
- Be observant. Stay aware of your environment and familiarize yourself with campus buildings and locations of public safety officer posts.
- Never leave your property unattended — theft is always possible.
- If you need to step out for a break or to get a snack, leave your property with someone you trust or take it with you.
- After dark, walk in well-lit areas of campus and the surrounding area. Remain on well-traveled walkways and walk in groups, if possible — there is safety in numbers.
- Call the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services at extension 5511 to request a security escort to campus parking lots and nearby bus and subway stations. Requests should be made 15 to 20 minutes before needed.
If you see any suspicious activity on or near the campus, report it to the Office of Campus and Community Safety Services at extension 5445 or 5445.
If you see something...say something.