By developing sensible attitudes and by using sound judgment, you can reduce the risk of becoming a crime victim. Follow these recommendations to minimize criminal opportunities:
- Have functional lights at all entrances to your residence and use good-quality locks on all doors and windows.
- Know which of your neighbors you can trust and depend upon in an emergency. Don’t hide extra keys in easily accessible places.
- Be observant using outside ATMs at night or in unfamiliar areas.
- Walk in the middle of the sidewalk, facing oncoming traffic, and when walking or jogging, do not wear music headphones.
- When approaching your parked car, check the area around and inside the vehicle. When driving, keep the doors locked and the windows rolled up.
- Never let your car’s gas-tank fill indicator fall below ¼ full, and when stopped at traffic lights, leave ½-car length between you and the car ahead.
- Avoid isolated building corridors or hallways and be extra careful in stairwells and isolated or poorly lit restrooms.
- Avoid entering elevators occupied by one person, if you do not know that person.
- Enroll in a well-recognized, basic self-defense course such as Rape Aggression Defense, which is offered, free of charge, by the University Police.
Be alert for suspicious individuals or activities on campus and report them to University Police:
- 311 (nonemergency, from any building telephone)
- 214-648-8311 (nonemergency, from telephones off campus, cell phones and Medical Park Apartments)
- 911 (emergency, from any building telephone)
- 214-648-8911 (emergency, from telephones off campus, cell phones and Medical Park Apartments)