Prevention Tips


  • Be aware of your surroundings and those people around you.
  • Walk in well-lighted areas.
  • Avoid walking jogging alone.
  • Call security for escorts across campus late at night.
  • Avoid working or studying alone at night in computer labs or isolated areas of campus buildings.
  • Call security and let them know if you are going to be working late at night after regular hours or on weekends.
  • Do not use your name when recording an outgoing message for your answering machine.
  • Do not prop open locked doors.
  • Know the location of campus emergency phones


  • Secure valuables left in your residence hall room or vehicle.
  • Lock the door and windows to your room when you leave, when you are sleeping, or are in the bathroom.
  • Engrave all valuables with a unique number such as your social security number or drivers license number.
  • Lock up your bicycle.
  • Use a lock on your gym locker.
  • DO NOT LOAN or give your keys to anyone!
  • Do not leave your keys unattended, anywhere!
  • Do not leave books, bags, purses, wallets or any other possessions unattended even for a moment. Take them with you.


  • Never provide addresses, social security numbers, or last names in online content chat rooms or forums.
  • Always make sure you log off your email account when done and close open windows to reveal open sessions you may have forgotten.
  • Never give your passwords to email accounts, network accounts or other password protected services to anyone. The Office of Instructional Technology prohibits giving access to email accounts to anyone except the person it is assigned to.
  • Back up important data to a floppy disk or removable storage media, and save often while you work.


  • Lock your car and take your keys when you park.
  • Roll your windows all the way up if you have anything of value in your car.
  • Remove valuable property from plain view. Place it in the trunk or out of sight.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Invest in a car alarm, kill switch, and/or steering wheel locking device.