Keeping Safe on Campus
Be Aware, Keep Smart and Stay Safe
This is perhaps your best protection against crime. Follow these basic rules:
- Don't walk alone at night and stick to well-lighted streets.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- If you are being followed, walk fast to a populated area.
- Don't give your phone number or address to strangers.
- Avoid dangerous parts of town.
Prevent sexual assault
- In addition to exercising the common sense rules mentioned above, you should always exercise caution when drinking.
- In most cases of sexual assault, especially acquaintance rape, drugs and/or alcohol were used by one or both people involved.
- If you drink, drink responsibly.
- Don't drink any drink that you did not buy yourself, and never leave your drink unattended.
- Contact your local police department to locate high crime areas on campus and in town.
- Learn what crimes are most prevalent in your neighborhood.
- You'll know what precautions to take once you've identified the most prevalent types of crime and where they occur.
Report suspicious behavior
- Call the police if you suspect someone is committing or attempting to commit a crime. Your involvement makes a safer environment for everyone.
- Give the police a good description of the suspect.
- Do not try apprehending the person yourself.
You Can Take Self-defense classes
- Many college campuses offer training in self-defense through the gymnasium or police department for a small fee.
- Mace and pepper spray training may also be available.
- Inquire at your campus police headquarters or the city police department.
- Private self-defense instruction is also available in most cities.
Make use of campus safety services
- With a quick call to your campus police or local police station, you can find out what safety resources are available to you.
- The police department usually offers some kind of instruction in crime prevention.
- Many colleges offer night walk and night shuttle services.
What to do if you are the Victim of Crime
- Report the crime immediately
- If the police aren't aware of the crime, there's nothing they can do about it.
- Be prepared to tell the police: what happened exactly, where the crime happened, when it happened, who you are and where you're calling from.
- Do not disturb any evidence at the crime scene while waiting for police to arrive.
Reporting sexual assault