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Personal Safety

Includes everyday living, walking around campus, and walking, jogging, and running safety tips.

Everyday living

  • Take a self-defense course. If female, see if a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course is currently being offered.
  • Keep emergency numbers programmed in your phone.
  • Lock all doors and windows every time you leave your room or home, even if you plan to be gone for just a minute.
  • Keep house and car keys on separate rings.
  • Do not lend your keys to service/maintenance people you do not know well.
  • Always ask service/maintenance people to identify themselves before allowing them to enter your room or home.
  • Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other.
  • Do not keep large sums of money, jewelry, or valuable items in plain view in your room or home.
  • When out of town, set radios, lights and televisions on timers.
  • If you are living off campus, leave spare keys with trusted neighbors, not under a doormat or in a flower planter.
  • try to avoid entering elevators occupied by strangers. If you are waiting for an elevator with a stranger, stand away from the door to avoid being pushed inside. Get off on the next floor if you feel uneasy. Hit the alarm button if you are accosted on an elevator.
  • Please report any broken or malfunctioning locks to the facilities department.

Walking around campus

  • Use the campus Night Walk or shuttle services at night. Night Walk 831-582-3573
  • Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets.
  • Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends, and give them your telephone numbers.
  • At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or shortcuts through isolated areas.
  • Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
  • Know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus and learn how to use them.
  • If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business or home; knock on the door, and request that someone call the Police. Note the description of the person following you.
  • Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential concealment.
  • Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it; carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or your front pant pocket.
  • Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
  • Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that restrict your movements.
  • Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
  • If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.

Safe walking, jogging or running

  • Plan your route in advance and walk/jog/run in familiar areas.
  • Go with a known companion if possible.
  • Carry identification.
  • Don’t wear jewelry or carry cash.
  • Avoid secluded or dimly lighted areas.
  • Avoid going after dark.
  • Always face traffic.
  • If you’re being followed, cross the street or change directions; keep looking back and get a good description of the person.
  • If you’re still being followed, go to the nearest house or business and call the Police.
  • Wear bright colors to improve your visibility.
  • Change your route and schedule.
  • Avoid bushes where a person could hide.
  • Take a key with you; do not leave your house or room unlocked.
  • Carry your cell phone, a whistle or shrill alarm to summon help.
  • Do not wear headphones/earphones for an iPod, walkman, etc.

University Police

(831) 655-0268
Valley Hall