Public Safety
Safety Tips

Walking

  • When Walking Alone...

    • Keep your keys in hand when moving about campus.
    • Carry a noise-making device.
    • Do not jog alone, especially at night, even in populated areas with streetlights. Since most people will be indoors, help could be delayed if you are in trouble.
    • Be alert, observant, and aware of your surroundings and people around you.
    • Dress in clothes and shoes that will allow you to move quickly. Tuck gold chains and other jewelry that might attract a criminal's attention inside your clothing.
    • Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas. If you are followed or see suspicious activity, move to a lighted building or area and raise a commotion. Dial 911 or activate an alarm box to summon emergency aid.
    • Avoid walking alone at night. Request an escort from Public Safety (296-5990) or have a friend escort you both ways.
    • Never hitchhike.
    • Be aware of the emergency phone locations on campus.
    • Walk in the center of the sidewalk, away from building doorways, hedges, and parked cars.
    • If a stranger tries to engage you in conversation, use discretion before stopping to talk. It is a good idea to say you are in a hurry to meet someone.
    • Walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic. If a car pulls next to you going the same way, reverse your direction.
    • If you carry a purse, briefcase, etc., keep only a small amount of cash in it. If possible, do not carry a purse.
    • Carry your keys, identification, and anything else of value on your person.