- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Avoid isolated areas.
- Avoid walking alone at night. Call security at your campus for an escort if needed.
- Walk with friends when possible.
- Use a lighted pathway.
- Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return.
- Notify police/security immediately of suspicious or criminal activity.
- Keep your car in good running condition to avoid a breakdown.
- Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips.
- Have enough gas money to get you to your destination and back.
- Drive with all car doors locked. Keep windows rolled up.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
Safety when walking alone
- Stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.
- Find out what buildings are open late where you can summon help if needed.
- Vary your route and schedule.
- Avoid walking or jogging at night. If you must be out at night, wear reflective clothing.
- Consider not wearing headphones as they limit what you can hear.
- Activate the fire alarm if you detect a fire in a building.
- Exit by the nearest stairway. Call 9-9-1-1 from a college phone or 9-1-1 from a pay phone to notify emergency personnel of the situation.
- Attempt to extinguish the fire only if you can do so safely.
- Learn the locations of the emergency exits and fire equipment.
- Always exit the building in the event of a fire alarm.
Keeping your property safe and secure
- Never leave textbooks, purses, or book bags unattended.
- Secure cash, checkbooks, and credit cards in a safe place.
- Carry only small amounts of cash.
- Notify Police/Security immediately to report lost or stolen property.
- Invest in a good lock, such as a U-shaped hardened steel padlock.
- Lock the bike frame and wheels to a bike rack (not trees, posts, etc.).
- Use a helmet and obey all traffic laws in accordance with Title 46.2 of the Code of Virginia.
- Do not leave laptops unattended.
- Record the serial number of the computer, equipment, etc.
- Use anchor security devices to lock personal computers
- Keep your vehicle locked when it's parked and when you drive.
- Do not leave your valuables in plain view.
- Lock them in the trunk.
- Park near lighted areas when possible.
- Report suspicious activity immediately.
In an emergency, dial 911. Criminal incidents or emergencies are to be reported to campus security staff, local police or to the Campus Dean of Student Services.