Personal Safety Tips
Do not allow the opportunity for a crime to occur. Avoid placing yourself in environments where criminals will have the opportunity to commit a personal crime.
- Always keep your doors and windows locked.
- If possible, let a friend or family member know where and with whom you will be and when you will be back when you go out.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about someone near you on the street, in an elevator or getting off a bus, head for a populated place or yell for help.
- Use well-lit and busy sidewalks.
- Avoid walking alone or walking near vacant lots, alleys, construction sites, and wooded areas.
- Learn the locations of emergency phones on campus.
- Carry a cell phone, whistle or a personal alarm to alert people that you need help.
- Stand near the controls in an elevator. If you feel threatened, hit the alarm and as many floor buttons as you can.
- When you are on a bus, sit as near the driver as possible.
- Try to park in an area that will be well lit and heavily traveled when you return.
- Lock your car doors and roll up the windows completely, even if you are only running a quick errand.
- Drink alcohol responsibly. Remember your ability to respond is diminished by over-consumption of alcohol.
- Stay alert at all times and call the police immediately to report suspicious activity.
- Never leave your personal property unattended (e.g., book bags, laptop computers, etc.).
- Put ICE (In Case of Emergency) in your cell phone, along with a name and telephone number of a loved one, to enable emergency services personnel to contact your family in the event of an emergency.
- Unplug yourself and tune in to your immediate environment. Excessive volume or use of electronic devices (iPods, PDAs, cell phones, etc.) distracts you from being alert to potential safety issues.
- Utilize crosswalks at all times and obey the signals at intersections when walking. Under Illinois law, as a pedestrian, you DO NOT have the right of way until you establish yourself in the crosswalk. If you are crossing at any location other than a crosswalk, you MUST yield to vehicular traffic.
- When driving, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists and yield to them when required by law.