All students need to stay safe on and off campus. Most crime is preventable and you must take basic steps to protect yourself and your belongings. Here are ways you can protect your residence and yourself from crime.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Do not exercise or walk outside alone at night.
- Do not walk or exercise outdoors wearing headphones.
- Do not pick up hitchhikers or strangers.
- Stay in parts of town that are well lit and that you are familiar with and walk in groups.
- Do not give out any personal information, including address, phone number, Social Security number, or credit card information to anyone over the phone or anyone soliciting you at your home.
- Always keep the doors to your apartment locked.
- Always keep windows closed and locked at night and when you leave the apartment.
- Make sure you have and use a peephole on your front door.
- Do not open your door to strangers. Do not let delivery people into your home.
- Management should contact you with time, date and reason for any maintenance worker to be at your apartment. Do not let maintenance workers in if you have not been notified by management.
- Keep your car doors locked at all times and not leave valuables in your car.
- When moving in or out of your apartment keep the apartment doors and car doors locked as you go from one to the other.
- Have management keep trees and shrubs around your apartment doors and windows cut back enough so that a person cannot hide there, and so that they do not obscure your view out of your apartment.
- Make sure apartment community lights are working.
- Contact apartment management for yard work and exterior lighting maintenance immediately.
- If you see someone suspicious, call the police immediately and notify your apartment management.
- Some apartment communities offer wired alarm systems in their apartments. If you want to add an alarm system, ask your apartment management before you contract for installation. All alarm systems must be registered with the city/county through the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. Visit their Web site for more details. http://www.alachuasheriff.org.