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Personal Safety Tips

  • Don’t walk alone, especially after dark.

  • If someone is following you on foot, cross the street, change directions, or vary your pace. Walk to the nearest well lit, public area.

  • Always keep your doors locked when driving and park in well-lit areas.

  • When moving into a new apartment, check locks on windows and have the landlord re-key all door locks.

  • Always lock your doors when you are home and when you are gone. Have your keys ready before you reach your door.

  • Never leave your keys under your doormat or outside your residence where they are accessible to strangers.

  • Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. Replace batteries every six months (or ensure your property manager or landlord does).Use caution when using social media websites. Set privacy settings to friends only, don’t check into locations and don’t share personal information.

  • Always tell someone where you are going, when you will return, and who to contact if you don’t return.

  • Always trust your instincts. They are usually on point and could save your life.

  • In your cell phone, label your emergency contacts as ICE (In Case of Emergency).

  • Post the local police, fire, and EMS department numbers in your phone and around your apartment.

  • Walk in well-lit areas and stay away from alleys, entryways, and bushes where someone could be hiding.

  • If confronted by someone, make a scene and lots of noise to draw attention to yourself and the other person.

  • Even if it seems rude, don’t hold the door open for a stranger attempting to enter a building.

  • Subscribe to campus, city, and state emergency alert systems.

  • Do not wear earphones or play music so loudly that you are unaware of your surroundings.

  • Avoid shortcuts. Walk where there are other people present.

  • Take a self-defense class.

  • Discuss a plan with a trusted neighbor to assist you in case of an emergency and give them a copy of your emergency contacts.

  • Use a peephole to determine who is knocking before you open the door.

  • Know where your emergency exits are located and plan alternative evacuation routes in case of an emergency.

  • Check crime statistics for neighborhoods: You can also look up specific addresses and set up alerts by using this website: