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Motor vehicle safety
  • For the safety of you and others in the residence halls, do not prop open any residence hall doors because you don't know whom you may be letting in!
  • Lock your door when you leave, no matter how short a time you may be gone - even when you go to the restroom.
  • Lock your door when you and your roommate are sleeping.
  • Do not leave notes on your door stating that no one is home or when you will return, it's an open invitation to a theft.
  • Keep wallets, purses, checkbooks and jewelry out of sight and locked up if possible. Use inexpensive "costume" jewelry if possible.
  • Do not keep large sums of money on hand, and routinely check your checkbook to see if any checks are missing.
  • Keep a record of all your valuable items, noting descriptions, serial numbers, and approximate dollar values of all items. These records should be kept in a secure location.
  • Check with your parents' insurance company to see if your property is covered under their homeowners’ policy while you are attending school.
  • Do not give the combination to your door out to anyone.   
  • Do not allow strangers into your room.
  • Do not open your door unless you know who is on the other side, especially at night.
  • Do not allow door-to-door salespeople to enter the residence hall or your room. College policy prohibits soliciting in any building without prior written consent from the College.
  • Your RA's and RC's, are all excellent sources for advice on problems in your hall.
  • Report any person behaving suspiciously to Public Safety immediately at x-2555.

When Driving
  • Carry a cell phone.
  • Never let fuel level get below ¼ tank.
  • Drive on well traveled streets and keep your car in gear while it is stopped. Allow at least one car length space between your car and the car in front of you so that you can escape should someone try to get into your car.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and check your rear view mirror often.
  • Keep doors locked and windows shut and keep valuables out of sight; either covered or in the trunk.
  • If your car breaks down, open the hood and stay inside. If someone stops to help, do not open your window or door, but have him or her call for assistance.
  • If you do not know the location of your destination, ask someone for specific directions before you leave.
  • If you get lost, do not pull over until you find a well-lit public area, and then call the police.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, drive to a well-lit public area and call the police.
  • Always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle with first aid supplies, flares, flashlight, jumper cables, blanket, etc.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Beware of people who yell, honk, and point at your car as if something is wrong; if your car breaks down, stay inside and lock the doors. If anyone approaches to help, crack the window and ask them to call the Police. Ask uniformed people to show identification.
  • Beware of people who motion and ask you to stop and lend assistance; if you want to assist someone whose car has broken down, go to the nearest phone or use your cell phone and call the Police.
  • Beware of people who may bump your vehicle from behind; if you think you were bumped intentionally, signal the other person to follow you to the nearest police station.
  • If a person with a weapon confronts you and wants your vehicle, give it up. No car is worth being injured or losing your life over.