Violent crime and crimes of opportunity (e.g. theft) are an unfortunate reality in the United States and many other parts of the world. College campuses tend to be safe but are not free from potential crimes.
The following common sense rules will help prevent you from becoming the victim of a crime.
- Tips for the Home: Always remember to lock your doors and close your windows when you are not at home.
- Tips for the Car: Keep your car doors locked at all times. Try to always park your car in a well-lit area. And do not leave expensive/valuable items in open view.
- Walking at Night: Don’t walk alone at night. Try to walk with a group of friends or use the university’s escort service. Walk along busy, well-lit streets and avoid poorly lit and deserted areas. If you are lost, find the nearest police station or gas station to ask for directions. Never accept rides from strangers.
- Crossing the Street: Always walk in the direction that is facing oncoming traffic, and cross the street at a corner or crosswalk. Be sure to look both ways before crossing the street.