Your Role in Preventing Crime
You can keep yourself, your home, your car, your classroom and office safe by incorporating safe behavior into your daily routine.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Don't prop outside doors open.
- Lock your door, even if you're just going down the hall for a minute.
- Don't let strangers into your building, even if they look harmless.
- Report any suspicious people or activities to Campus Safety & SCPD immediately.
- Lock your windows and block sliding doors with a pole placed in the bottom track.
- Record serial numbers and keep photos or descriptions of your valuables.
- If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up. If the calls continue, report them to Campus Safety.
Out and About
- There really is safety in numbers, so always go places with a friend.
- Look confident when you walk and keep a firm grip on your bookbag, purse or briefcase.
- Avoid dark streets.
- Avoid using ATM machines at night; plan ahead and do your transactions during the day.
- Walk near the curb and avoid passing close to shrubs, dark doorways and other hiding places.
- Pay attention to your surroundings; don't become lost in thought.
- Carry your keys in your hand so you can quickly get in your car/home.
- Always carry enough change for a phone call.
- If you suspect trouble, leave the area immediately.
- If you're being intimidated, yell "Fire!" (But not in a place that may cause a panic; theater, etc.) It's more effective than yelling, "Help."
- Jog on the track instead of on city streets, and take a friend with you.
- License your bicycle at Campus Safety or SCFD and have your drivers license number engraved on your bike frame and wheel rims.
In the Car
- Keep windows rolled up and doors locked.
- Keep possessions out of sight (in the trunk).
- Check around and inside your car before you get in.
- If your car breaks down, tie a white flag to the antenna and wait for help.
- Never go with a stranger who offers help. Instead, ask them to call your home or someone you trust.
- Park in an area that is well lit.
- Never pick up strangers.
- Don't allow another vehicle to force you off the road; drive to a busy location, a police station or Campus Safety if you need help.
Crime Prevention Links
- National Crime Prevention Council »Info
Visit the NCPC site