The safety of residents is of vital concern to University Housing Services (UHS). While the University is a relatively safe place, crimes do occur on campus. Though UHS and University Police work closely to provide for your safety, residents must take responsibility for developing a safe environment in the residential community. Here are some steps you can take to ensure greater safety.
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Top Ten Personal Safety Tips
- When in doubt, get out. Most sexual assaults on college campuses are committed by someone the victim knows. Remove yourself from the situation if it doesn’t feel right.
- Don’t walk or run alone, especially at night. Community Service Officers are available to escort you when needed. Call (909) 869-3070 for assistance.
- Get to know your surroundings. Lack of familiarity with an area poses a risk-- the more aware you are, the less vulnerable you will be.
- Protect your community. Propping doors in the suites and halls can allow non-residents to enter. Close all exits behind you.
- Be visible. When walking, choose well-lit and populated areas over non-lit shortcuts through parks, vacant lots and other deserted areas.
- Appear confident. Walk assertively. Look directly at others. Be observant. All this reduces the possibility of being attacked.
- Be prepared. Know University Police’s phone number and location in case of an emergency. University Police can be reached at (909) 869-3070.
- Defend yourself. Take a self defense course, or carry a personal alarm or noise maker to protect yourself from attempted assaults.
- Socialize smart. Never leave your drink unattended. Go with friends and watch out for each other.
- Be informed. Knowing how to protect yourself is the first step to keeping you and your community safe.
Safety In The Residence Halls
- If you are the victim of a crime or witness a crime, contact the University Police immediately to make a report at (909) 869-3070.
- Do NOT prop exterior doors open.
For security reasons, doors in the residential community are kept locked. A door propped open invites non-residents into the building, some of whom could commit crimes against residents. If you come across a propped door, CLOSE IT!
- Lock your room door when you are sleeping and when you are out of the room.
Locking your door when you are asleep or away will probably be the most important thing you can do to ensure your safety. In the time it takes for you to shower or use the bathroom, a thief can take your wallet or laptop and be on the freeway!
- Escort your guests at all times.
As a resident in the community, you are responsible for your guests and their actions. Even if you trust your guests, unescorted strangers can frighten others. Please escort your guests so that others in the community know they are authorized to be there. Keep track of where your guests are. Do not let strangers into the building.
- If you see an unknown person who is unescorted in the residential community, confront him/her.
If you are uncomfortable doing this, please contact a member of the Residence Life staff for assistance. Do not let the person continue unescorted. The name of the Resident Advisor (RA) on duty is posted in the lobby of each building as well as on each RA’s door.
- Contact a Residence Life staff member and University Police immediately if you receive an obscene or harassing call or e-mail.
- Avoid leaving first floor windows open.
It is relatively easy to climb in and out of first floor windows, and thieves can easily come in through open windows. This applies to the laundry and study rooms as well. Security bars/windows jams are available at the front desk of each hall.
- Attend residential community programs.
Learn more about protecting yourself and others by attending programs focused on safety, often presented in hall and wing meetings and town-hall meeting. In addition, pay attention to important messages posted in the halls about security and crime warnings.
- Be careful with personal information on social networks.
Protect information that may identify your location, such as references to the campus or your specific building, or other personally identifying information. Photos may also provide information about you that should be kept confidential.
- Protect your property.
Make sure you have a list of all the serial numbers of your valuables and keep the list in a safe place. Mark property with an identifiable number in a conspicuous place. University Police has an engraver available.
- Always follow First safety and evacuation policies.
Ensure your smoke detectors are in working order. Know the location of fire extinguishers and how to use each type. Know your evacuation route and emergency exits for the building. If you discover a fire, activate the alarm and alert residents immediately and direct fire or police personnel to the fire. False fire alarms endanger everyone. false alarm is not a joke; it is a crime.