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Crime Prevention Programs

SAFE WALK

Never walk alone after dark! If you must, use the USF Safe Walk program by calling 321-6400 (24 hours a day/7 days a week), and a Campus Security Officer will accompany you to your destination on campus. 

RESIDENCE HALL LIVING

  • Lock your door whenever you leave (even for a short amount of time). Always lock your door when resting or sleeping.
  • Do not leave your wallet, purse, credit cards, cash, checkbook or other valuables in the open.
  • NEVER PROP OPEN EXTERIOR DOORS. If you see a door propped, close it.
  • Never allow people you do not know to “tailgate” behind you into the building! Every person who is authorized to be in your building should have card access or a key. Politely tell them that you cannot allow them in and that they need to contact a RD or RA on duty. If they follow you anyway, call Campus Security @ 321-6400 immediately.
  • Never loan your student ID card to anyone. If you misplace it, report it to Campus Security immediately.
  • Never leave your laptop, textbooks, cell-phone, book bag, purse or other valuables unattended in common areas.
  • Record the serial numbers of valuable objects you have in your room and give this information to your family (DO NOT USE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY #).
  • If you see a suspicious person or someone you don’t believe should be in or around the building call Campus Security @ 321-6400 or 911 immediately.
  • If you are awakened by an intruder inside your room, do not attempt to apprehend the suspect; but a get description and call 911 immediately.

SAFETY WHILE WALKING OR RUNNING

  • Run or walk with a friend. It is less likely that something would happen if there were two of you.  
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you can be expected to return.
  • Carry a whistle to use in case of an Emergency.
  • Do you exercise outdoors?
    • Vary your route and schedule
  • Try not to overload yourself with packages or other items. Keep your hands as free as possible.
  • If you carry a purse, carry it close to your body, preferably in front.
    • If you are confronted by a thief, DO NOT RESIST! Give the thief what he/she wants and try to notice as much detail regarding the individual. Call 911 immediately.
  • Have your access card or keys ready when returning to your Residence Hall or apartment.
  • Always walk or jog in a familiar area and use a well-lit path. Avoid dark or vacant areas.
  • If you suspect you are being followed
    • Run in a different direction
    • Run to the other side of the street
    • Yell or whistle for help
    • Run to a lighted area
    • Run to a group of people
    • Run to an Emergency Telephone

PARKING and VEHICLE SAFETY

Vehicles in parking lots always present a target for thieves. In fact, over one million vehicles are stolen in the U.S. each year.

  • Always lock your vehicle. (Nearly 20% of all vehicles stolen had the keys in them.)
  • On cold mornings, never leave your vehicle unattended while running to warm it up.
  • Why carry your keys when approaching your vehicle?
    • So you may enter quickly.
    • Believe it or not keys can be used as a self-defense weapon.
  • What to do if you see someone loitering near your car.
    • DO NOT STOP
    • Walk to an area where there are other people.
    • If you use a keyless entry remote, do not unlock your doors until you can see your vehicle.
  • Try not to walk close to other parked vehicles and stay in the center of the access way.
  • Plan your route and try not to travel alone.
  • Travel and park on well-lite streets and don’t drive in unfamiliar areas.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows closed.
  • Look inside your car before entering; check the vehicle for a possible break-in. Assailants sometimes hide in the back seat of a vehicle.  
  • What not to keep in plain sight.
    • Packages
    • Bags/Purses
    • Electronic Devices
    • Etc.
  • What to do if involved in a minor traffic accident.
    • First call 911 and wait for the officer to arrive before getting out, talking to the other driver and looking at the damage.
    • Second call Campus Security @ 321-6400 inform them of the situation and that you have already contacted the Police.
  • When returning to your dorm at night, call ahead and ask someone to watch for you while you are walking from your car to the door. Or call for a Safe Walk @ 321-6400

CLASSROOM and OFFICE SAFETY

  • Make sure to close and lock doors and windows if you are the last to leave.
  • If you should be working or studying late always make sure that the office or classroom door is locked. Remember, NEVER PROP OPEN ANY DOOR.
  • Turn off all lights.
  • Report any type of suspicious activity to Campus Security 321-6400/331-6591
  • Do not leave items in the open that contain your personnel information (driver’s license, credit card, student ID, checks).
  • Do not leave your valuables such as wallet, purse or jewelry lying on your desk.
    • In case of theft keep a list of 800 numbers for reporting stolen credit cards.
  • Notify Campus Security if you are aware of any situation that may result in violence or any type of harassment.
  • On Harassing phone calls:
    • Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call.
    • Pay attention to any details that can ID the caller.
    • Keep a log of calls received.
    • Use *69 or caller ID to see if you can determine the caller’s phone number.
  • If a situation does occur and the police are notified, get as much detailed information as possible.
  • If you are leaving late try not to walk alone. Walk with a classmate or co-worker; you may also call for a Safe Walk @ 321-6400.