General Safety Precautions


You can keep yourself, your home, your car, your classroom and office safe by incorporating safe behavior into your daily routine.

At Home

  • 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
  • Santa Clara Police Department »Info
  • Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department »Info
  • San Jose State University Police Department »Info
  • San Jose Police Department »Info


Campus Safety

Crime Prevention

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