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Personal Safety Recommendations and Personal Accompaniment Safety Service (P.A.S.S.)

Protecting Yourself

Protecting yourself in your room.

  • Lock your door.
  • Lock door and window when you are alone or sleeping.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Keep emergency numbers by phone.
  • Do not leave notes that you are away.
  • Do not let strangers in residents’ hall floor or premises.
  • Do not prop open outer doors.
  • Do not put your address on your key ring.
  • Know your neighbors.
  • If you find yourself in immediate danger call 5372 or 5816 when dialing 5816 you will hear a tone and some dead space then it will start ringing.

Protecting yourself when walking.

  • Avoid walking alone at night unless absolutely necessary.
  • Keep to well lit areas.
  • Avoid shortcuts and dark areas.
  • Walk with purpose.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  • If you feel threatened, cross the street, enter a place of business.
  • Have your keys ready.
  • Use security escort service between the hours of 8 PM and 4 AM.

Protect your car or bicycle.

  • Always lock your car.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight.
  • Lock bikes to bike rack.

Protecting yourself when driving.

  • Look into car before getting in.
  • Never pick up strangers.
  • Do not stop to help occupants of a stopped or disabled vehicle.
  • If you feel that you are being followed go to police or open place of business.
  • Raise hood, then lock yourself into your car if it breaks down.

Winter Driving Tips

Before you travel have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

  • Battery
  • Thermostat
  • Antifreeze
  • Heater
  • Lights
  • Defroster
  • Brakes
  • Oil level
  • Exhaust system
  • Wipers
  • Ignition system
  • Windshield
  • Install good winter tires
  • Keep a windshield scraper and a small broom for ice and snow removal
  • Carry a winter car kit
  • Maintain at least a half tank of gas during the winter season
  • Plan long trips carefully
  • Listen to the radio for any weather conditions that might come up
  • Dress warmly
  • Wear layers of loose fitting, lightweight clothing
  • Take food and water

If you get stranded:

  •  Stay in the car
  • Avoid overexertion
  • Display a trouble sign
  • Hang a brightly colored cloth on the radio antenna
  • Occasionally run engine to keep warm
  • Do minor exercises to keep up circulation
  • Clap hand and move arms and legs occasionally
  • If more than one person in the car, take turns sleeping
  • For warmth, huddle together
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia

Never plan a trip without letting someone know where you are going and when you will arrive.

Winter Car Kit

  • Non-perishable food
  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Flares
  • Extra sets of clothes
  • Extra mittens, socks and wool cap
  • Several blankets or sleeping bags
  • Small shovel
  • Tools (screwdriver, pliers, and wrench)
  • Small sack of sand for traction under wheels
  • Jumper cables
  • Tow chain
  • Set of tire chains
  • Brightly colored cloth or flag
  • Essential medication
  • Plastic bags (for sanitation)
  • Toiletries and personal items
  • Matches and candles
  • Newspapers for insulation

Personal Accompaniment Safety Service (P.A.S.S.)

The Campus Security Department will provide a free Personal Accompaniment Safety Service (P.A.S.S.) to those individuals who feel more comfortable having someone to walk with them at night. Personal Accompaniment Safety Service will be provided from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. P.A.S.S will also provide service beyond this time on a request basis only. Contact the Campus Security Officer at extension 5372 or 563-449-2841.

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