Campus Safety Tips

Personal Safety

In the residence halls...

At home, in an apartment building, or in a residence hall:
  • Stay with a group of people; avoid walking alone if possible. Avoid working or studying alone in a campus building.
  • Avoid excessive use of alcohol.
  • If you need to walk outdoors at night, stay in well-lit areas.
  • If you are being followed: cross the street, scream, run to an occupied residence or store, or flag down a car.
  • Do not loan out your key. Never compromise your safety for a roommate or friend who wants the door left unlocked. Never prop open any door.
  • Report lost keys to the Housing office or Facilities Services as soon as possible so the locks can be replaced.
  • Report suspicious activity to VCSU Housing if on campus, or the police if you live off-campus.
  • When leaving your dorm or apartment, make sure that all doors and windows are locked -including the main building entry and exits.
  • Never let unauthorized persons come into your room, enter residence halls, or enter apartment security doors. Always ask to see proper identification.
  • Do not hide keys outside of your room or apartment. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  • If you are awakened by an intruder inside your room, do not attempt to apprehend the intruder. Try to get an accurate description of the intruder and then call the police.
  • Lock your door whenever you leave your room for ANY length of time or when sleeping.
  • Be careful about posting personal information online- never post that you will be away, example taking a vacation, going home, etc.
  • Participate in the emergency notification system, NotiFind to receive messages concerning campus emergency situations.

While Driving...

  • Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly.
  • Lock your doors and keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
  • Drive on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
  • Never hitchhike, and never pick up hitchhikers.
  • If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, sound the horn and drive to a safe area such as a convenience store.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police. Do not allow any person access to you or inside your car. Roll down your window no more than an inch. Be aware that an accident may be staged to provide the other driver an opportunity to commit a criminal act.
  • Leave enough room between your car and the one ahead so you can drive around it if necessary.
  • Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.
  • Limit distractions such as cell phones.

While Walking/Jogging...

  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, and try not to walk or jog after dark.
  • Avoid dark or vacant areas. Walk along well-lit routes.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed: Run in a different direction, go to the other side of the street and yell for help, or move quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or a blue light emergency phone.
  • Have your keys ready when returning to your residence hall or apartment. Keep your personal or valuable items concealed and close to your body.
  • Avoid wearing headphones when walking or jogging. Always be aware of your surroundings and practice risk avoidance techniques.

Avoid Victimization

Property Protection

  • Lock your door whenever you leave your room for ANY length of time or when sleeping.
  • Secure your vehicle. Close all windows and lock all doors.
  • Never prop open any door.
  • Adequately protect all valuables in your room, such as wallets, jewelry, credit cards, cash and computers. Do not leave valuables or cash in plain view.
  • Do not loan your keys to anyone.
  • Never hide your keys outside your apartment or room. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  • Take all valuable items home with you during vacations.
  • When in a public place, keep valuable possessions out of sight. If you must leave an area for any length of time, take personal items with you.