If you live off campus, take the following additional steps to protect yourself and your valuables:
Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction; go to the other side of the street, yell or whistle for help; or head quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or an Emergency Telephone.
Lock your windows. If applicable, secure sliding glass doors.
If your doors do not already have one, ask your landlord for a deadbolt lock.
Have a peep hole installed.
Make sure your building has outside lighting. Report any broken or burned-out lights to your landlord.
Become acquainted with your neighbors. Know who belongs in your building.
Don't put names on your answering
machine or voicemail recorded greeting.
When you are away from your residence, leave your interior lights on. Use a timer if you will be gone for more than one day.
Don't hide a spare key outside your door.
If you see a suspicious person, notify the police by calling 911.
If you arrive home to find your door ajar, hear unusual sounds, or believe your apartment has been broken into, DON'T GO IN! Go to a telephone and call the police.
When someone knocks at your door:
Don't open the door unless you know your visitor.
If the person is a maintenance person, or University representative ask for identification and credentials. Call the employer to verify the name and business, or that maintenance work was scheduled to be performed. Refuse to deal with anyone who won't comply with this request.
When you are away from your home for holidays/breaks:
Take valuable items with you or put them in a secure location.
Discontinue your newspaper and other deliveries ahead of time. Do not leave notes that would indicate you are away.
Notify the post office to hold or forward your mail.
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