Protecting Yourself at Home, in Your Room, Dorm or Apartment
- Lock your door, even when you intend to return home shortly or even if you are just going down the hall.
- Participate in Operation I.D.
- Lock or secure doors and windows.
- Keep emergency numbers by your phone.
- Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you are away and when you will return.
- Do not prop open outer doors.
- If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to telephone for them instead of allowing them access.
- Follow all fire safety regulations.
- Do not put your address on your key ring.
- Know your neighbors.
- Do not leave keys in hiding places. Carry your keys or make sure that anyone who truly needs them has their own copy.
- Call 259-5555 to report suspicious persons or activity in or around your neighborhood. Off campus, call 911.
- Keep ATM/debit cards in a safe place, keep your PIN number secret.
- Instead of carrying large sums of cash use a charge card. Some charge cards insure property purchased with those cards against loss, theft or damage.
- If you find yourself in immediate danger, on campus, call 259-5555 or off campus, call 911.
Protect Yourself When Walking
- Utilize the VSUPD Escort Program on campus.
- Keep to well lit, commonly traveled routes.
- Know the location of the emergency phones.
- Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
- If you feel threatened, locate an emergency phone, or enter a building, store, or place of business.
- Always lock your car.
- Lock bikes to bike racks with hardened-alloy locks and chains or u-shaped locks.
- Join the B.A.T. (Bicycle Anti-Theft) Program
- Do not leave tempting valuables or property visible inside the car.
- Lock mopeds as you would bikes.