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Crime Prevention Education


Safety is a shared responsibility. As members of the campus community, everyone should help to make the campus a safer place. Using some simple safety precautions will greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim of crime.


Personal Safety

  • Walk or jog with a friend, not alone.
  • Avoid isolated areas.
  • Use campus escort services.
  • Know your limits on dates and communicate them to your partner.
  • Know your limits with alcohol and do not accept drinks from others.
  • Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return.
  • Carry a whistle or noise maker. Do not be afraid to scream if you need help.
  • Use a help phone or raise the hood and stay in your car if it breaks down. If people stop to assist, ask them to call the police.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.


Protection from Date Rape Drugs

  • Never leave your drink unattended. Because they are colorless and odorless, date rape drugs can be slipped into any type of beverage.
  • Do not accept drinks from anyone but a bartender or server.
  • Try to attend bars or parties with a group of friends, arranging beforehand to watch each other’s drinks.
  • If you think your drink has been tampered with, seek medical attention immediately and request the hospital conduct toxicology testing.


Residential Safety

  • Lock your dorm room or apartment whenever you leave and when you are sleeping.
  • Do not prop card reader doors.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you see someone in the building who does not belong.
  • Do not allow strangers to follow you into the building


Workplace Safety

  • Keep personal items (purses, book bags) locked up.
  • Secure the work area when no one is in it.
  • Report suspicious people to the police.


Protecting Your Property

  • Record the serial numbers of your valuables.
  • Engrave valuables with your license number.
  • Register your bike with Parking Management.
  • Keep your vehicle locked when it is parked and when you drive.
  • Make sure all valuables inside the vehicle are either in the trunk or well hidden.
  • Do not leave textbooks, purses, or book bags unattended
  • Do not leave laptop computers unattended.

Identity theft costs society billions of dollars in loss each year. A single instance of identity theft can take years of effort to remove from your credit records and can hurt your credit rating. Identity theft has been connected to terrorist funding and to the acquisition of documents for illegal purposes.

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft contact the University Police. The Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Website has resources for identity theft victims.

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