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Preventing the Most Common Crimes
  • Lock your residence room or office door whenever you leave
  • Do not leave your backpack unattended, especially in the libraries or cafeteria
  • If you have a computer or other expensive equipment in your office, have security cables installed to lock it down. Call the Help Desk to arrange installation of cables
  • Do not prop open locked doors (doing so is a violation for the College's Standards of Conduct, as well as fire regulations)
  • Do not walk alone at night.  Walk with a friend
  • Should you decide to walk alone, choose a route that avoids dark and vacant areas
  • Have your car or house key ready before getting to the door so that you are not delayed by fumbling to find it. Before getting into your car make sure that no one is hiding inside. When you get into the car, lock all doors and roll up the windows
  • Park your car in a well-lighted area
Preventing Theft

Theft is usually a crime of opportunity and is the most common crime on any college campus. The best means of prevention is to reduce or remove the opportunity:

  • Whenever you leave your office, laboratory or residence hall room lock the door and all windows
  • Never prop open locked doors to buildings. Do not let persons whom you do not know into the building
  • Never loan your keys or ID card to anyone
  • When storing a purse or backpack in an office, put it in a file cabinet or drawer and lock it
  • Do not leave backpacks, purses or briefcases unattended in public places
  • Record serial numbers and descriptions of your valuables
  • Do not keep large sums of money, jewelry or valuable items in your room or office
  • Take your valuables home when you leave on vacation
  • Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you won't be back for a period of time
  • Do not leave your room unlocked while you are sleeping or when you leave your room, even if it's "just for a minute"
  • Sales people are not allowed to solicit on campus. If a salesperson comes to your residence, call Campus Safety immediately
  • If strangers who look suspicious are in the residence hall, call Campus Safety
  • Engrave personal property with your driver's license number