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Crime Prevention Tips

Acquaintance Rape

  • Know the person you’re going out with; if a TRUSTED friend recommends the person, go out in a group for first date
  • Meet in a public place
  • Arrange your own transportation
  • Make your limits CLEAR – “no” means NO!
  • Tell someone where you’re going and who you’re meeting
  • Avoid excessive alcohol use – do NOT lose control
  • Don’t leave your drink alone (if you do – order a fresh drink upon returning); don’t drink anything you didn’t get or open yourself

IF SEXUALLY ASSAULTED: Do not feel guilty - you did nothing wrong

  • Tell someone immediately/Report the incident to Campus Security, Police, Emergency Room, etc.
  • Contact a faculty/staff member
  • Get medical attention
  • Consider counseling, whether or not you think you need it


  • Do not leave valuables alone and unprotected
  • Mark all electronics and valuables (etching, indelible marker)
  • Record all serial and model numbers
  • Install a tracking system on computers
  • Lock your valuables up
  • Install a computer cable lock to keep your computer locked down (for employee and student computers)
  • Protect personal information on your computer
  • Report missing items immediately
  • Photocopy all your personal documents in your purse or wallet and keep the photocopy in a safe place
  • Report lost ID badge immediately
  • Do not leave your office/room, even for a moment, unless it is locked
  • Do not leave valuables visible in a vehicle
  • Report suspicious people or activities to Campus Security immediately
  • Report malfunctioning locks to Campus Security and/or Maintenance


  • Know the nearest fire escape route
  • Be aware of what is going on around you
  • Avoid going out alone (a lion attacks the weak, young or sick), so do the two-legged predators
  • If you MUST go out alone – stay in sight or yelling distance of people
    • Use busy (people or cars) streets –do not take so called short cuts
    • Walk in center of sidewalk
    • If a stranger wants to talk, state “I’m meeting someone,” and continue walking
    • Walk CONFIDENTLY, with head up and shoulders back
    • Make eye contact, so the person(s) know you are aware of them
    • If you feel the need: “Yell, Scream, Cause a Scene” (Perpetrators do not want extra attention.)
    • Be constantly aware of your surroundings
    • Trust your instincts and act on them