Risk Reduction Tips
- Never leave valuables in sight inside your car and always lock your doors
- Do not leave residential doors unlocked or propped open
- Use the campus transit services.
- Avoid being in classrooms or office buildings alone at night.
- Report any suspicious person or activity to USAPD immediately regardless of the time.
- Know who is at your door before opening it.
- Preplan all routes, regardless if you are walking, running, or driving.
- Vary your routine. Do not walk the same route night after night.
- When walking to your car or residence at night, have your keys in hand before you leave.
- Walk with confidence. Keep your head up and pay attention to your surroundings.
- Remember to bring your cell phone.
- Always lock the doors in your car, room, apartment or house.
- Go out as a group; leave as a group.
- Maintain control of the evening by driving or having your own means of transportation.
- Give someone (roommate, close friend, parents) information about your plans for the evening.
- Avoid letting yourself get into vulnerable situations.
- Pay attention to your surroundings and others’ nonverbal cues and behavior.
- Avoid being alone with an individual until you know them well.
- Communicate your limits and boundaries clearly.
- If you drink, drink responsibly and do not get intoxicated. Alcohol is the most common date rape drug.
- Only drink sealed beverages which you open yourself.
- Do not share drinks; don’t drink from a punch bowl or common container.
- Do not leave your drink unattended.
- Do not drink anything that has an unusual taste or odor.
- Do not mix any type of drug with alcohol.