Protecting Yourself and Your Property

Report thefts or problems to ext. 2262 immediately.

In Your Residence

  • Do not let strangers into the building, even if they say they are students.
  • If strangers who look “wrong” are in your residence, call ext. 2262. This includes sales people, who are not allowed to solicit on campus.
  • Never loan your keys or I.D. card to anyone.
  • Lock your door while you are inside sleeping or when you leave the room.
  • Never prop open locked doors.
  • Do not leave messages on your door or voice mail indicating when you will return.
  • Do not keep large sums of money, jewelry or valuable items in your room. If you must, consider purchasing a small safe.  If this is not possible, then hide your money, jewelry and other valuables. Do not leave them in plain sight.
  • Take your valuables home during breaks and vacations.

While Walking

  • Avoid walking alone at night of use the “buddy system”. There is safety in numbers. Safety escorts are available on campus.
  • Know where emergency telephones are along your route.
  • Be conscious of your surroundings.
  • Walk with a purpose.
  • Wear reflective clothing.
  • Have your key ready before getting to the door.
  • Before entering your car, be sure no one is inside. Then lock all doors and roll up windows.

Your Property

Theft is the most common crime on campus. Prevent theft by reducing or removing the opportunity.

  • Lock your door and windows whenever you leave, even if it's “just for a minute.”
  • Never prop open locked doors.
  • Do not leave backpacks, purses, laptops or briefcases unattended, even in provided cubbies.
  • In offices, store purses or backpacks in a file cabinet or drawer and LOCK IT.
  • Record serial numbers and descriptions of your valuables.
  • Engrave personal property with your driver's license number.
  • Do not leave backpacks, purses, cash or wallets in plain sight in your vehicle. If you are unable to take them with you, then you need to lock these items in your trunk.

Bicycles

  • Register your bicycle with Campus Safety at the Oak Grove Cottage. This is the only way we have of tracing a bicycle back to its owner, PLUS IT’S FREE.  
  • Use a “U-shaped” lock, not a cable lock. Available at Most Department Stores. 
  • Lock both wheels and the frame to the rack.
  • Immediately report suspicious persons hanging around bike racks.
  • Engrave and record an identifying number on your bicycle. Engravers are loaned out by campus police free of charge.