Personal Safety Tips
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The three basic rules for personal safety are:
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Give the impression that you are calm, confident and know where you are going.
- Trust your instincts. If it doesn't look or feel right, it might not be.
Protect Yourself in Residence Halls:
- Lock your door, even if you are only leaving for a minute.
- Lock your door when you are sleeping, napping or leaving for an extended period.
- Keep your Cardinal Card and room keys secured. Immediately report stolen or missing Cardinal Cards & keys to Housing Services and Campus Police.
- Secure your valuables. Keep money, wallets, jewelry, handbags or other valuables out of sight.
- Never admit strangers into your room or hall. When in doubt, request a CUA ID.
- Never Prop open exterior doors.
- Immediately report suspicious persons or activity to the Campus Police. Report any strangers loitering in or around resident halls.
Protect Yourself when working or studying after normal business hours:
- Never remain alone in isolated or unoccupied areas, including classrooms, libraries and other buildings. Notify the Campus Police of your location and expected departure time.
- Make sure all outside entrance doors are locked.
- Keep your area locked. Don't let anyone else in the building.
- Call for an escort if necessary.
Protect Yourself On and Off Campus:
- Stay alert, confident, and aware of your surroundings. Walk purposefully and make eye contact with people around you. Trust your instincts.
- Avoid alleys, short cuts & vacant lots. Stick to well-lighted, busy streets.
- Walk with a companion whenever possible.
- Avoid displaying large amounts of cash. Use ATM's during daylight hours only.
- If you are being followed, abruptly change directions, stay in a well lighted area, and seek safety in a public building
- Make noise, attract attention to you and the person that is following you.
- If on campus, locate the nearest emergency telephone. Off campus, dial "911"
- After dark, or when there's concern for your personal safety, call the Campus Police for an escort at 202-319-5111
- Use the campus Shuttle/Loop Bus Service
- Know the location of emergency telephones
Social Network Web sites (MySpace, Facebook)
- Be aware of what you post on the Internet.
- You never know who is looking at your information.
- It could be stalkers, future employers, recruiters, family, etc.