At Home/Residence Halls
Call Public Safety at 651.690.8888 if you need assistance or to report suspicious events, activity or people on campus. Here are some tips to help you ensure your safety in your personal residence.
- Most importantly, be observant and aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Lock your residence hall room, apartment or house even when present.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Be familiar with who is coming and going, who belongs and who does not.
- Know your neighbors and learn who can be called upon for assistance when needed.
- Consider using only first initials and last names on mailboxes, in phone directories, and Internet spaces.
- Change locks when you move into a new residence. Make sure your doors have dead bolt locks, security chains, and peepholes. Use them.
- Do not hide spare keys outdoors.
- Check for photo identification when repair people, salespeople, meter readers, etc., come to the door. Do not hesitate to call and check them out or refuse them admittance if something feels wrong or they refuse to show identification.
- Be assertive if you let someone in and then have second thoughts. Tell them to leave or you leave. Pretend you are not alone by mentioning a friend or family member asleep in the next room.
- Make sure entrances, garages, grounds and hallways are well-lit.
- Leave porch lights on at night or when you expect to return after dark. Leave an interior light on in a room or two with the shades drawn. Leave a radio on.
- Instruct roommates, children and baby-sitters not to give out information about who is home, who is out or for how long.
- Do not leave notes on your door for others or allow solicitor's material to remain on your doorknob, or newspapers on your doorstep, since they advertise your absence.
- Do not enter your home/residence if you suspect it has been broken into. Go someplace else and call Public Safety at 651.690.8888 or the local police if at home.