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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