It is important to take sensible precautions and become familiar with your new environment in order to remain safe. The campus has a variety of programs to provide a safer place in which you can study, work, and socialize. Campus lighting evaluations and improvements, emergency phones, Student Patrol, self-defense classes, SafeWalks and MTD SafeRides are just a few examples of resources that are available to enhance your safety.
- Report any unusual or suspicious activity you witness. If you witness a crime, be prepared to provide a full description.
- Do not allow people to follow you into secure locations. Request that a “tailgater” use his or her key or swipe card to gain entry.
- Lock the door to your room, even if you are in the room.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and go immediately to an area with lights and people; get help if necessary.
- If you perceive you are in danger, yell or blow a loud whistle and look for an escape route.
- Plan the safest route: use well-lighted, well-travelled routes. The shortest route isn’t always the safest.
- Avoid walking or running alone at night.
- Utilize SafeWalks and SafeRides.
- Walk at a steady pace with a confident stride.
- Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you – especially if you are alone or it is dark.
- Avoid using distracting technology such as smart phones, MP3 players, or anything else that will decrease the awareness of your surroundings.
- Avoid levels of intoxication that will leave you vulnerable and unaware.
- Do not display valuables openly.
- Be cautious around ATM machines.
- Utilize locks and other security systems that are in place.
- Have your keys ready in your hand so you can open the door to your home or car immediately.
- Property can be replaced – your life cannot. Consider whether or not to resist if a weapon is involved.
- Seek training in viable self-defense techniques.
If You Are Victimized
- Remain calm. Try not to panic.
- Call the police immediately.
- Get a description of the suspect. Note the person’s sex, age, height, weight, race, hair, eye color, glasses type, tattoos, scars or marks, and complexion. Also note the person’s clothing in as much detail as possible.
- If a vehicle was used, note the license plate number, model, color of vehicle, as well as direction of travel.