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Crime Prevention Tips

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There are many things that students and employees can do to protect themselves from crime. Many crimes occur only because there is an opportunity for them to happen. On a campus like Gwynedd Mercy University, it is easy to think that nothing will happen. But crime can happen anywhere. Always follow these safety tips:

On Campus

  • At night walk in well-lighted areas.
  • Walk and jog in pairs or groups, particularly at night, or in out of the way places.
  • Do not ignore your intuition; if you suspect you are being followed, change direction and head for a campus building, store, or group of people.
  • Public Safety and Security, ext. 21522, will provide escort service after dark from one building to another and to and from parking lots upon request of any student, faculty, staff member, or guest.
  • If a driver stops to ask you directions, do not get too close to the vehicle and risk being pulled inside.
  • If you see a suspicious person, call Public Safety and Security, ext. 21522, immediately. Be able to describe the person by sex; race; color; texture and length of hair; body size and shape; clothing; scars and other noticeable markings; mode of travel; type of travel, and if by vehicle, the type, color and license number, if any. Do not approach the person.
  • Do not keep or carry large sums of money on campus. Keep your money in a checking account, which provides you with access to an ATM machine.
  • Engrave all valuable property with your ID number and identify your personal property with your name. Report all thefts to security, ext. 21522.
  • Do not leave backpacks or books unattended. Print your name inside every textbook you own.
  • Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
  • While in class or in the library, keep personal belongings in view.

Residence Hall

  • Always lock the door to your room, even if you are inside the room or just step out for a second.
  • If someone unknown to you tries to enter a building behind you, or asks to go past the security checkpoint with you for any reason, say NO and immediately notify Security.
  • Never prop open exterior doors of the residence hall.
  • Never loan your key to anyone. Report all lost, stolen or missing keys immediately to Security, ext. 21522, and your RA.
  • Always ask who is at the door before opening it.
  • Report any unknown persons loitering in, or around the residence hall to security, ext. 21522 or ext. 111.
  • Never give out information about yourself to strangers over the phone.
  • Never leave valuables, like your wallet, purse, checkbook or jewelry in open view.

Driving

  • Always lock your car doors, when you are in the car and when it is parked.
  • Park under a light or in well-lit lots.
  • Always check the back seat and under the car before getting in.
  • Have your keys in your hand ready to open the car door. Do not fumble in your purse or pockets looking for your keys.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • If you have car trouble, exit your car on the passenger side. Tie a white cloth on your antenna. Get back in your vehicle and lock your doors. Do not roll down the window all the way. Roll it down only an inch or two to be able to ask for help, or to give a phone number. Never allow someone to fix the problem. Do not get out of the car.
  • We strongly encourage everyone to belong to an emergency road service, like AAA.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive directly to the nearest police, fire station, or if driving on campus to the security office in St. Brigid Hall. Do not go to your room, apartment, or home. If you cannot get to one of the above places, go to a public area such as a 24-hour convenience store.

Finally, we encourage all members of the campus community to use common sense and caution to protect themselves and their property.