Whether you’re a freshman or returning student, being conscious about campus safety can be an easy thing to forget once you finish orientation and start getting distracted with classes, extracurricular activities and your social life.
In your efforts to keep yourself safe, there are actions you can take to avoid being a potential victim of a crime.
Walk or jog with a friend or in a group and stay in well-lit, well-populated areas. If possible, avoid walking or jogging after dark. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not wear earphones, as this eliminates hearing as a defense mechanism.
Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
Stay on the sidewalks or paved roads. Avoid areas that are wooded or have dense grass or brush.
If you must be out alone, tell a friend, coach or roommate where you are going and when you will return. If you stay longer than expected, notify that person so they are aware.
Do not post your whereabouts on social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter).
Do not fall asleep if there are unknown persons in the room with you.
Call the Police Department for an escort at (903) 675-6235.
Always lock your car doors any time you leave the car.
Park in well-lit areas.
Check the inside of your vehicle before getting into your car.
Do not keep valuables in your car. Take your pullout/removable face stereo with you. Do not put it under the seats, in the glove compartment or in the trunk, as this is always the first place a thief will check.
Always lock your door behind you whenever you leave your room. Never prop the door open for anyone.
Close and lock your windows whenever you leave your room.
If you have expensive equipment (computers, stereos, etc.), engrave them with your driver’s license number or your TVIN number. You can borrow the Police Department’s engraver for free. Call 903-675-6235 for details.
Always report any suspicious persons or activity to the police at 903-675-6235.
Do not tell others about money or valuables. When you receive financial aid funds, be sure to deposit them into a checking or savings account. Cash can easily be stolen but debit cards can be reported, protecting your funds.
Keep your cell phone or other devices in a backpack or purse with you at all times.