protection against assault
Protecting Yourself & Your Personal Belongings
Although the University cannot guarantee you will never be a victim of assault or rape, there are several steps you can take to minimize your chances of being a victim. The following are suggestions for you to incorporate into your daily living routine:
The theft of University property or personal property on campus is considered "Campus Theft". It is also your responsibility to protect yourself, your possessions, the property of other people on campus, and university property.
Thieves are after anything that will get quick money: cash, checks, and credit cards; personal property (laptop computers; CD players, TV's, stereos, bikes, books); and University property (computers, lab equipment, residence hall furniture). Thieves like to strike anywhere you are not expecting, residence halls, libraries, athletic facilities, parking lots, or academic buildings.
In Your Room, Apartment, or Office
- Close shades or curtains at night to prevent thieves from seeing in.
- Keep doors and window locked, even if you are leaving for only a few seconds never prop door open because anyone could walk in.
- Keep money and jewelry locked in a safe place. Do not leave these items out on your desk, bookshelf, or dresser.
- Avoid leaving a note on your door that says you're not home or will not be in the office.
- Ask who is there before opening the door.
- Do not have a spare key hanging on a wall hook for general use, outside your room or office door under a mat, or under a flowerpot. These areas will be the first place a thief will look.
- It is important to remember thieves do not take vacations. When going home for breaks take all of your valuables with you or lock them away for safety.
On The Street or Track
- Don't walk or jog alone.
- If you find it necessary to walk alone, tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.
- Be aware of what is happening around you. Know where you are and where you are going.
- If you walk home from work regularly, vary your route.
- Don't be predictable! Walk away from alleys, bushes, and dark entryways.
- Don't be surprised! Attackers rely on the element of surprise.
- Don't wear headphones while walking alone.
- Trust your instincts. If you think you are being followed, walk toward a busy area, and go into an open office building or classroom for help. As soon as possible contact University Security or the Police for assistance.
- If someone bothers you from a car, turn around, and if possible, get a license plate number. Contact University Security and report the incident.
- When you are waking, keep one hand free. If you are carrying books or packages, be prepared to drop them. Nothing you own is worth your life.
- When using public transportation, wait for buses at well-lit stops in a group.
- If anyone bothers you on the bus, in a loud voice say "leave me alone!" Let the driver and the people around you know what is happening.
- If for any reason you feel uncomfortable walk-in alone, you can contact the Security Department and request an escort.
In Your Car
- Park your car in a well lit parking lots or designated parking areas. Do not park your car in alleyways.
- Don't be fumbling around with your attention focused on something other than what is happening around you.
- Have your Keys in hand as you approach your car.
- Always look inside the car to the floor and back seat before you get in.
- Keep your car doors locked and the windows up when you drive and when leaving your car unattended.
- Don't let the gas run close to empty. You don't want to stop for gas where you wouldn't want to walk.
- If you have an expensive car stereo, remove the faceplate and take it with you.
- Even if you are only going to be away from your vehicle for a short time, never leave anything of value in your car. For example, laptop computer, backpack, wallet, purse, books, CD's, boom boxes, sports equipment, tools, or money. Take your valuables with you or lock them in the trunk of your car. A thief can break a car window and remove your belonging in less than 15 seconds.
- If you plan to leave your car on campus during extended break, notify the Security Department to make arrangement for parking in a secure parking area.
Be Prepared For Emergencies
- Carry a flash light, flares, jumper cables, and an emergency manual in your car.
- Know how to change a tire.
- If your car breaks down at night make sure you pull over, put the emergency flashers on, and place a flare 20 feet behind your car. If someone stops to assist you, roll down the window a crack and ask them to call the police for you.
- Always carry enough change with you to make an emergency phone call. If possible carry a cellular phone for emergencies.
What To Do If You're A Victim Of Theft
- DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING! This is to ensure evidence is not destroyed.
- For your protection, back out of the room, house, or office. The individual who forced entry may still be in the facility. Contact the Security Department immediately. Security will investigate the premises and assist you in contacting the local law enforcement so necessary reports can be filed.
- Have ready your personal identification, vehicle identification number (VIN), serial numbers, and estimated value (or receipts) of stolen items, and insurance information.
- Give Your Name.
- Give Your Location and Phone Number.
- Describe the Situation.
- Don't Hang Up!