Crime Prevention Tips

Safety of Valuables and Belongings

  • Lock your door whenever you leave your room or office.
  • Lock your windows whenever you leave your room, especially if you are on the ground floor.
  • Place your valuables out of sight and don’t leave valuables unattended anywhere on campus.
  • Take valuables with you when you leave campus.
  • Request identification of service people working in your area. If still uncertain, call the Campus Care office at 503-375-7031 during office hours or Campus Safety at 503-510-6430.
  • Keep a record of serial numbers, models, brand names, and descriptions of all your valuables.
  • Always lock bicycles with high-quality locks.
  • Keep information about travel plans and habits confidential.
  • Keep keys safe at all times. Report any missing keys to Campus Care immediately.
  • Report all thefts and suspicious activity, no matter how small, to Campus Safety. Use your gut. If something doesn’t look or feel right to you, report it.

Personal Safety

Anyone can be a victim of rape or sexual assault. Be aware of the possibility and be prepared to take action when necessary. Consider personal safety training and/or consultation. Please contact the Director of Campus Safety for helpful resources. If you are sexually assaulted, know that it is NOT your fault

When walking or driving:

  • Keep all your senses available. Do not use headphones while jogging after dark.
  • Walk with confidence. Display outrage, not fear, if threatened.
  • If you feel endangered, yell. Scream “HELP!” or “POLICE!” and run away. Honk your horn and use other strategies to draw attention to the situation.
  • Use physical violence to defend yourself if threatened.

When on a date or in social settings:

  • Know yourself and your own capabilities. Set limits early and communicate those limits. The first line of defense is a clear set of values and assertive communication.
  • Try to find an easy and early way out of potential date rape situations.
  • Do not eat or drink things you have not been in control of during preparation, delivery, or supervision.
  • Trust your intuition and act on it.
  • Use physical violence to defend yourself if threatened.

When in your residence:

  • Lock your doors and windows at night.
  • Do not talk with obscene callers.
  • Be cautious about your online activity.
  • Do not open your door to anyone you do not recognize. If someone suspicious is near your residence, call 911 or Campus Safety at 503-510-6430.