Personal Safety Recommendations and Personal Accompaniment Safety Service (P.A.S.S.)
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:
- Oil level
- Exhaust system
- Ignition system
- 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
- 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.