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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. . .
Preventing car theft
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