Safety Tips

Lock Your Doors

  • This is the single best deterrent to the would-be thief in the residence hall, office or other residence.
  • Doors left unlocked for just one minute are a great risk. It takes about eight seconds to remove valuables from an unlocked room.
  • Many thefts occur while the occupant is on the same floor, having left for one minute to use a bathroom or visit a neighbor.
  • Lock valuables in a cabinet, closet or drawer with a good security lock.

Keep Your Keys

  • Do not loan keys to anyone; their carelessness may lead to your loss.
  • Do not ID key rings with your address; duplicates can be used at a later date.
  • Do not leave keys lying around or in unused clothing; duplicates can be made.
  • Keep keys immediately ready in hand when arriving at a car or residence.
  • If lost or stolen, notify University Police or issuing agent immediately.
  • Do not prop doors open or jam locks for intended visitors, as you may be liable for any damage or harm done to others as a result of your actions. It is your responsibility to keep your area secure.

When You Drive

  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep doors locked; be alert at traffic stops.
  • Do not lower windows for strangers; demand credentials.
  • If stalled, ask for aid through a cracked window; remain in vehicle.
  • Travel well-lighted streets.

When You Walk

  • Do not walk alone or with earphones on, especially at night. Make use of UPD's escort service.
  • Do not take shortcuts: travel well-lighted, busy routes.
  • If followed, change directions, head for lights and people.
  • Trust your instincts. Run and/or scream if necessary. Escape a dangerous situation at the first opportunity.

When You Park

  • Lock ignition and remove keys.
  • Close and lock windows and doors.
  • Keep all valuables out of sight; use the trunk.
  • Choose a well-lighted area to park at night.
  • When returning, have keys ready in hand and check interior before entering.

Protect Yourself When Using Public Transportation

  • Have your fare or pass ready in hand before boarding the bus.
  • On off hours, ride as near to the operator as possible.
  • If someone on the bus bothers you, change seats and tell the operator.
  • Look around when you are getting off the bus; be aware of the people nearby.
  • If you are going to be out late, be sure to have cab fare.
  • At night, avoid dark and isolated intersections or stops.