Risk Reduction Tips

Theft prevention:

  • Never leave valuables in sight inside your car and always lock your doors
  • Do not leave residential doors unlocked or propped open

Theft Prevention

 

General:

  • 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.

Socializing:

  • 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.

Beverages:

  • 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.