Walking

When Walking Alone...

  • Keep your keys in hand when moving about campus.
  • Carry a noise-making device.
  • Do not jog alone, especially at night, even in populated areas with streetlights. Since most people will be indoors, help could be delayed if you are in trouble.
  • Be alert, observant, and aware of your surroundings and people around you.
  • Dress in clothes and shoes that will allow you to move quickly. Tuck gold chains and other jewelry that might attract a criminal's attention inside your clothing.
  • Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas. If you are followed or see suspicious activity, move to a lighted building or area and raise a commotion. Dial 911 or activate an alarm box to summon emergency aid.
  • Avoid walking alone at night. Request an escort from Public Safety (296-5990) or have a friend escort you both ways.
  • Never hitchhike.
  • Be aware of the emergency phone locations on campus.
  • Walk in the center of the sidewalk, away from building doorways, hedges, and parked cars.
  • If a stranger tries to engage you in conversation, use discretion before stopping to talk. It is a good idea to say you are in a hurry to meet someone.
  • Walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic. If a car pulls next to you going the same way, reverse your direction.
  • If you carry a purse, briefcase, etc., keep only a small amount of cash in it. If possible, do not carry a purse.
  • Carry your keys, identification, and anything else of value on your person.