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Personal Safety

If you're followed by someone on foot

  • Cross the street, change direction, and vary your pace. If the person persists, go to a lighted store or home, anywhere there are people, and call the police.
  • Keep looking back so the person knows you cannot be surprised.

If you are followed by someone in a car

  • Turn around and walk the other way or go up a one-way street the wrong way.
  • If the person persists, record the license number and call the police.

If you are held up

  • Do not resist - hand over your wallet or purse quickly and quietly. No amount of money is worth taking chances with your life.
  • Scream and run away. If people are nearby, this may protect you.
  • Do not take chances - a robber may be armed.
  • Report the incident to the police immediately. Try to get a description that includes approximate age, height, weight, detail on hair, clothing, jewelry, scars, tattoos, anything noticeable.

If you're attacked…

  • Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself. An immediate reaction of yelling, hitting, or biting may give you a chance to escape, but it may also lead to further harm.
  • If your life is in danger, passive resistance (vomiting, urinating, telling the attacker you're diseased or menstruating) may be your best defense.
  • Remember: Every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which course of action is appropriate.
  • If you receive an obscene phone call, quickly notify police.

Always think security…

If you witness any violation of the law, notify campus security:

  • Describe person involved - name, age, sex, height, weight, and clothing distinguishing characteristics.
  • Property involved, with as complete a description as possible.
  • Vehicles involved - license plate, year, model, color, markings (any dents, etc.).
  • If you are a victim of a crime, always press charges.
  • Where to go to file a report of crime on campus. . .

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