Faculty, staff, and students must recognize that they should take individual precautions to protect themselves from becoming victims of a crime. Working together and using the safety tips below as a campus community in crime prevention programs is essential in the successful development of a safe campus environment.
- Always be mentally and physically prepared to react to emergency situations.
- Be alert and aware of the people around you.
- Educate yourself concerning prevention tactics.
- Be aware of locations and situations which would make you vulnerable to crime, for example, alleys and dark parking lots.
- When possible, go with a friend.
- Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
- Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide.
- Walk confidently and at a steady pace, making eye contact with people you meet.
- Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street, just continue walking.
- If you carry a purse, hold it securely between your arm and your body.
- Do not leave personal items unattended, such as purses, book bags, cell phones and keys.
- Secure your vehicle. Close all windows and lock all doors.
- When approaching your vehicle have your keys in your hand and ready to open your door.
- Before entering your vehicle, visually check inside, under and around it.
- If someone tries to enter your vehicle, honk your horn, yell and attract attention.
- If you are being followed or harrassed, drive to the nearest safe location.
- Don’t text and drive.
In the Event of Fire
- Do Not attempt to use elevators.
- Ensure that 911 and Campus Police (910-770-3232) have been notified.
- Facilitate the orderly evacuation of the building or area.
- Ensure special attention is given to those requiring assistance during evacuation (children, persons with disabilities, etc.)
- If possible, secure doors to sensitive areas, offices etc.
- If possible, without endangering yourself, ensure the building is vacant and prevent re-entry into the building.
- Ensure that evacuees meet at group designated assembly points.
- Help ensure that lanes of travel used by emergency vehicles are kept clear.
- Communicate what information you have about the incident to responding Campus Police and other emergency responders.
- No one will be allowed to re-enter the building or area until the “all clear” has been given by the commander of the Fire Department.