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General Precautions for Personal Safety

There are no guarantees of personal safety in any environment. It is incumbent upon each individual to safeguard himself or herself against becoming the victim of a crime. One of the best ways to maximize your safety and minimize your risk is to follow some very simple security rules:

  • Walk with a friend whenever possible.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you, no matter whether it is day or night.

  • Use well-lighted, well-traveled routes. Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas.

  • Walk with confidence. Show that you are aware and in control. Body language works.

  • Trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, get out or get away.

  • If you feel you are being followed, move to a well-lighted and populated area or building, such as a store or restaurant, and call for assistance.

  • Know where the emergency telephones are located on campus. (Click here for a campus map.)

  • If you are on campus after hours, stay alert.

    • Lock office or lab doors.

    • Call Security if you see or hear anything suspicious.

    • Tell a friend, colleague or Security where you are and when you plan to leave.

    • Arrange to meet a friend or request an escort from Security when you leave.

  • When you are out by car, park in well-lighted areas. Avoid parking in secluded parts of a parking lot. Stick to high traffic areas.

  • When out shopping, don't carry large bundles or packages. It distracts you from your surroundings and makes you a potential target for a thief.