Safety Tips

Telephone Safety

  • Never list your address in the phone book or on any social media platforms.
  • When not at home have your voice mail or answering machine that you cannot come to the phone, not that you are not at home.
  • In cases of emergency, know what number to dial.
  • Don't give any personal information out if called about surveys, contests, subscription drives, purchases or deliveries until the source of the call has been verified. Ask for a number where you may call them back to confirm legitimacy.
  • Never give any information to "wrong number" callers; ask for the number they are calling.
  • Always give the impression you are not alone.
  • If they ask for someone who is not there, say they can't come to the phone and ask for a name and number.
  • When you first realize the caller is obscene or harassing, report to your telephone company and police.
  • A blast from a whistle should not be used to discourage obscene or harassing phone calls.
  • If all else fails, change your phone number and have it unlisted.

Walking Tips

  • There are red emergency phones across campus. If you need police assistance, push the red button. It establishes an immediate phone connection to UPD. The police will know which phone you are calling from, so they will know where you are.
  • If your purse or backpack is snatched, don't fight it. There is nothing in it that can't be replaced. It is not worth possible injury.
  • Avoid walking alone whenever possible.
  • Be alert when you're alone. Be aware of who is around you.
  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who appears vulnerable.
  • Walk near the curb; avoid shrubbery or other places of concealment.
  • Avoid isolated or poorly-lit and unpopulated areas like alleys, vacant lots, or buildings.
  • Do not hitchhike.
  • Be careful when people in a car stop and ask you for directions. Always reply from a distance; never get too close to the car.

Elevator Safety

  • Always stand near the control panel.
  • If you suspect trouble or are attacked, push the alarm button and as many floor buttons as possible so that the elevator will halt quickly, probably at the next floor.
  • Respond to instinct, intuition, or gut reactions. Don't get on an elevator with someone who makes you feel uneasy.
  • If other passengers get off, leaving you with a person(s) who make you feel uneasy, get off with other passengers and wait for the next elevator.

Strangers and Children

  • Teach your children what a stranger is, not necessarily what a person looks like or the clothes they wear. If a child does not personally know the individual or has not been introduced to that individual by their parents, they are to be considered a stranger!
  • Have a "code word" shared with your child. If a stranger asks the child to come with them, all the child has to do is ask for the "code word." If Mom or Dad did not tell the person the code word, the child does not go with them.
  • If the child is grabbed by a stranger, tell them not to scream or cry. Rather, yell "He's not my Daddy" or "She's not my Mommy."
  • Know the safest route to and from school, and instruct your children to follow that route.
  • Know the length of time it takes your child to walk to and from school.
  • Immediately check any delay in their arrival at home.
  • Know your children's playmates and where they congregate.
  • Instruct your children to report to you suspicious persons or attempts by unknown adults to approach them or become friendly with them.
  • Instruct you children not to accept rides or gifts from anyone without your approval.
  • Tell your children to check with you before going anywhere with anyone.