Use common sense. Try not to walk alone or appear distracted by wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone.
Trust your instincts. If something makes you uncomfortable or if you see a person displaying suspicious behavior, you can contact the Division of Public Safety from one of more than 300 blue light emergency phones on campus and in the surrounding community by picking up the receiver or pressing the button.
Remember these emergency numbers:
511 (on campus)
Be aware of your surroundings and proactively contact the Division of Public Safety if you notice a safety hazard. Reduce the opportunity for crime to occur by using the Riding Escort Service (898-RIDE) and Walking Escort Service (898-WALK).
Allied security officers are assigned to patrol past places where students congregate like libraries, student centers and sorority and fraternity houses to proactively ask students if they’d like an escort home.
Register your residence for the Division of Public Safety’s Special Security Checks program if you plan to leave town for the holidays.
• Do not display your smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc.) when walking about. Keep it in your bag or pocket.
• Avoid using earphones when walking to ensure that you stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
• Stay in well-lit areas. Walk mid-point between curbs and buildings, away from alleys, entries, and bushes. Stay near people.
• Avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots, and other low-occupancy places.
• Carry only necessary credit cards and money. Avoid using outdoor ATMs (automated teller machines). Instead, look for banks that require entry into a lobby to use their ATM.
• If you must carry a purse or handbag, keep it close to your body. This will minimize the chances of theft. If your purse is taken, don’t fight. Turn it over and immediately call 911.
• Walk with someone whenever possible. Participate in buddy systems.
• Do not stop to give directions or other information to strangers. Never hitchhike.
• If you believe are being followed, call 911. Be alert & confident – making good eye contact may discourage the follower. Cross the street, change directions, or vary your pace. If someone follows you in a car, record the license number and call 911 immediately.
• Have your key out and ready before you reach your car or door.
• Trust your instincts and use common sense.