Student Housing and Residential Life

Safety Tips

General safety tips

1. Do not walk alone after dark. If you are out alone after dark, walk with friends, classmates, or use Night Walk (available Monday-Thursday, 6pm-11:30pm by calling 831-582-3573).

2. Stay alert, be aware of what is around you. Be aware of your surroundings, others who are around you, and any dark areas where someone might be hiding. Be alert to potential danger. If it doesn't look right or feel right, trust your instincts.

3. Know where the emergency call boxes are located. The University Police Department provides several emergency call boxes with blue lights above them. If you need help, use the box and an officer will respond.

4. Park and walk in well-lit areas. If you absolutely must walk alone at night, be sure to stay on well-traveled and well-lit walkways and paths.

5. Make smart decisions. Don't put yourself in vulnerable situations especially around people you may not know or trust.

Residence Hall safety tips

1. Do not prop open any residence hall doors. A door propped open invites non-residents into the building, some of whom commit crimes against residents. If you come across a propped door, close it!

2. Lock doors at all times, even when you are home. Locking your door when you are asleep or gone will probably be the most important thing you can do to ensure your safety.

3. Escort your guests at all times. Even if you trust your guests, unescorted strangers can frighten others. Keep track of where your guests are. Do not let strangers into the building.

4. Watch for unescorted people in the residence halls. Do not let the person continue unescorted, contact a member of the residence hall staff for assistance. Report suspicious persons loitering or checking doors in your hall to UPD immediately. Request identification and authorization from maintenance staff who request to enter your room.

5. Be careful about leaving first floor windows open. It is relatively easy to climb in and out of first floor windows and thefts can easily occur through open windows. This applies to all first floor rooms.

6. Always follow fire safety rules. Ensure your smoke detectors are in working order and know the location of fire extinguishers. Know your evacuation route and emergency exits for the building. If you discover a fire, activate the alarm and alert residents immediately. Leave the building immediately and direct the fire or police department to the fire. Tampering with fire extinguishers and triggering a false fire alarm endangers everyone and is grounds for eviction.

7. Never loan your key card out to anyone and report lost key cards immediately! Guests are only allowed into rooms when accompanied by the license holder. Loaning a key card to anyone compromises the safety of all roommates, this is also a residence hall policy violation. If you lose your card or it stops working please notify Student Housing & Residential Life in the Student Center.

Apartment safety tips

1. Don't open your door to a stranger, including door-to-door salespeople. Verbally answering through the closed door lets them know that the apartment is not empty. If the stranger is wearing a uniform, make them show you identification. If in doubt, have them wait outside while you call their company for verification.

2. Keep your key safe. Do not leave a key under a doormat or flower pot, or in the mailbox or the ignition of your parked car. Burglars know all of the hiding places!

3. Lock doors at all times, even when you are home. Locking your door when you are asleep or away will probably be the most important thing you can do to ensure your safety.

4. Leave outside lights on at night and close your curtains. Many rapes are crimes of opportunity. A rapist spots and watches his victim through a lit window. At night, when home alone, turn the lights on in several rooms to give the appearance that there are people in several rooms.

5. Get to know your neighbors. This will make it easier to spot strangers. When leaving your apartment, look around the area outside the apartment before exiting.