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Residence Hall Tips
Street Tips

Theft Prevention

Obscene Phone Calls

Date Rape Drugs

Parking Safety Tips

Public Transportation Tips

Residence Hall Tips

  • Always keep your dorm room door locked, even when you are inside.
  • Keep an inventory of valuable possessions and record serial numbers.
  • Don't loan your keys to anyone. Don't mark your key chain with your name or address.
  • Lost keys can lead to theft.
  • Don't let unfamiliar people into your room.
  • Don't prop open residence hall doors that are locked.
  • Call Campus Security if you see strangers loitering in or around the dorms.

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Street Tips

  • Walk or jog with a friend whenever possible.
  • Stay alert and tuned-in to your surroundings.
  • Walk or jog in well-lighted areas; stay away from alleys.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Carry a whistle. This can serve as a reminder to exercise caution, and can alert someone in the area that you need help.
  • Use the Campus Escort Service—call (630) 617-3000.

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Theft Prevention

  • Don't leave personal property (purses, bookbags, calculators, etc.) unattended in classrooms, study areas or libraries.
  • Lock your bike to a bike rack with a Kryptonite lock.
  • Theft is our biggest crime problem. Report all thefts to Campus Security (630) 617-3000 immediately.

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Obscene Phone Calls

  • Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Don't try to find out who the caller is, and don't show any reaction.
  • Note the time, what the caller said, a description of the voice and any background noises.
  • Advise your resident assistant and resident life coordinator, and make a report with Campus Security.

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Date Rape Drugs

  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Don't accept open-container beverages from anyone but a bartender or server.
  • Try to attend bars and parties with a group of friends, arranging beforehand to watch each other's drinks.
  • Be alert to the behavior of friends. If a friend appears disproportionately inebriated in relation to the amount of alcohol consumed, he or she may be in danger.
  • If you suspect that a friend has been drugged, call 911 or get them to the nearest medical attention.

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Parking Safety Tips

  • Always lock your car and take your keys.
  • Close windows and lock storage compartments.
  • Do not leave packages and valuables where they can be seen.
  • Do not park in isolated locations or behind obstructions that block you from the view of others.
  • Consider your return time when choosing a parking location; it may be dark when you return.
  • Make a note of where you parked.
  • When returning to your car, check all sides before entering. Have your keys in your hand and ready before arriving at your car.
  • Once inside your car, lock all doors.
  • Be alert to strangers hanging around the parking area.
  • Trust your instincts—leave at the first sign of danger and call Campus Safety at x3000 or use a campus emergency phone.

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Public Transportation Safety Tips

  • When riding a bus, use a stop that's well lit and near a coffee shop or store that's open.
  • Travel with a friend or co-worker whenever possible.
  • Know the bus or subway schedule ahead of time, so you aren't forced to wait longer than necessary.
  • Don't sleep on the bus or subway.
  • Sit near the bus driver.
  • Have your money or tokens in hand to give to the driver so you won't fumble with your wallet or purse.
  • Don't engage in unnecessary conversation with strangers. Never give out any personal information. The person you're talking to may be fine, but others can overhear.
  • Don't get too involved with reading while you wait. Stay alert!
  • Stand in the shadows if it's dark and you're waiting alone.
  • Move away from people who appear intoxicated, even if this means going to another stop.
  • Don't share a cab with a stranger.
  • Sit near the aisle so you can get up quickly if someone bothers you.
  • Don't sit near the exit door on buses, trains or subways. At stops, when the door opens, someone can reach in and snatch your purse or briefcase.
  • Hold on firmly to your purse or briefcase. Don't put it on the seat beside you. Keep it in your lap or wedge it between your feet.
  • Tuck necklaces inside your clothing and turn rings around so that valuable stones aren't showing. Better yet, remove jewelry before using public transportation.

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