Personal Safety Tips

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These tips, compiled by the University Police, apply wherever one resides.  The precautions may lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim.  Increasing awareness of crime prevention techniques may decrease the opportunity for a person to commit a criminal offense.

  • You are your own best protection.
  • Keep your door locked at all times.  Don’t unlock the door for strangers. Keep first-floor windows locked.
  • Walk in well-lit areas and stay near the curb, away from alleys, entry ways and bushes where someone could be hiding.
  • Do not walk or jog alone after dark.
  • Avoid short cuts.  Walk where there are other people present.
  • Do not hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.  If a driver asks you for directions, stay far enough away so that you cannot be pulled into the car.  Do not pick up strangers.
  • If you are being followed when walking, change directions, vary speed.  Go to a well-lit area where there are other people.  If followed by someone in a car, turn and walk in the other direction.  Record the license number.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area and lock the doors.
  • If you need an escort to or from your car, call the University Police, 410-543-6222.
  • Report any suspicious activity or crimes to the University Police, located in the East Campus Complex, 410-543-6222.

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