- Avoid walking alone in dark areas at night or in isolated areas any time of the day.
- If you cannot find someone to walk with you, contact the Department of Public Safety at 443-518-5555 or pick up one of our red emergency phones, which are located in various areas on campus.
- If you have to walk alone, walk on well-lit walkways and plan your route ahead of time. Avoid places where attackers might hide (spaces between parked cars, overgrown shrubs, and dark passageways) and areas where you might get cornered. Remember that it is best to walk facing traffic.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- If someone in a car follows you and is persistent or becomes obscene, write down the license number and report it to the Department of Public Safety as soon as possible.
- When walking alone, always walk confidently and with purpose.
- Try to park in well-lit areas. Remember, it may be dark when you return.
- If you are trapped in your car, honk your horn in quick short bursts. This will attract people's attention.
- When returning to your car, have your keys in hand to avoid unnecessary delays in entering your vehicle.
- As you approach your car, look underneath to make sure no one is hiding there. Before you enter your car, check that all the door locks are the same way you left them.
- Do not pick up hitchhikers.
- While driving, remember to buckle your seat belt, and don't drink and drive.
Preventing Thefts From Vehicles
- Install a vehicle alarm or mechanical lock.
- Always lock your doors and leave the windows rolled up.
- Keep books, tape/CD players, and other valuables out of sight.
- Place valuable items in your trunk.
- Do not leave money, checkbooks, or credit cards in the vehicle at any time.
- Know the license number, year, and model of your vehicle.
Preventing Thefts From Offices
- Close and lock your office when you are away.
- Lock your desk and file cabinets.
- Don't leave your purse in the bottom drawer of your desk.
- Never leave your purse or valuables unattended.