Crime Prevention Tips
What You Can Do To Keep Our Campus Community SAFE.
Personal Safety Tips:
*At night, try to stay in well-lit areas and use routes that appear more heavily traveled.
*Avoid walking alone through isolated areas. Use the buddy system.
*Familiarize yourself with the NEIU Police Safety Escort service and use it when you feel uncomfortable walking alone. Call Extension 4100.
*Familiarize yourself with the locations of the campus’ Code Blue Emergency telephones.
*Be aware of what is going on around you. If you suspect you are being followed, indicate your suspicion by looking behind you. If you are on foot, cross the street, change directions and head to a well-lit area or a place with people as soon as possible.
*Follow your gut instincts; if your intuition tells you that you are at risk, try to leave the situation quickly. For example, if you see someone suspicious in a parking lot, building or anywhere on campus leave the area and call the NEIU Police at x5511 from any campus phone.
*If you enter an elevator and the person riding with you is making you uncomfortable, leave. Get off before the door closes and or leave at the next floor.
*Use the buddy system; when with a friend at a party and or when you are walking through campus at night, agree to watch out for each other and to leave the event together or in a group.
*Should you become a victim of a crime, call the police as soon as you safely can.
Parking Lot Safety Tips:
*BE ALERT. Go about your day to day business in a normal way but remain alert and vigilant.
*Walk to your vehicle in pairs or in a group.
*Follow a well-lit pathway or roadway when walking to your vehicle.
*Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for suspicious people and or activities as you are walking to your vehicle.
*Be aware of the locations of all Emergency Code Blue Phones and campus house phones. Use them if you are concerned or feel your safety is in jeopardy.
*When you enter your vehicle, lock all the doors and turn on your headlights. This will allow you to see anyone outside in the dark.
*If you are unfamiliar with the parking lot, drive through it and check it first. If you don’t feel safe go elsewhere and park in a location where you feel comfortable.
*Have your keys in your hand so that you don’t have to search for them when you reach your vehicle.
*If you know that you will be returning to your vehicle when it’s dark outside, park in the parking lots that are well-lit.
*Visually inspect the inside of your vehicle before entering it to make sure that no one has entered it.
*Report any suspicious activity to the NEIU Police Dept. immediately.
Vehicle Safety Tips:
*Lock your vehicle every time you leave it. Make it a habit. A criminal will always use the easiest way into a vehicle.
*Don’t leave your windows rolled down, not even a crack. A criminal will use the window to force his way into the car, so don’t give him that advantage.
*Park your vehicle in well lit areas. Criminals don’t like to be seen. Parking under or near a light standard will improve other people’s view of your car. It also improves your personal safety.
*Mark your valuables with a personal number. If personal property is stolen from your vehicle, a number or marking (such as a driver’s license number) will help the police trace the item back to you. Make sure the mark is permanently affixed, so the criminal cannot erase it. Never use your social security number as a personal number to engrave into your property.
*Don’t leave valuables in view for a thief. The famous saying, “out of sight, out of mind” is applicable here. If the criminal can’t see it, he can’t steal it. Take valuables with you or put them in your trunk. Do not put them in the glove box or under your seat, as that is the first place a criminal will look.
*Invest in a car alarm. A criminal does not like to be seen. Calling attention to your vehicle, if something is wrong, will deter a thief from attempting anything further.
Theft Prevention Tips:
*If authorized to be on campus after hours, do not prop open doors/entrances to buildings. Besides Personal Safety this allows thieves to get in and steal items.
*Do not leave personal items unattended even for “just a second” no matter where you are.
*Lock all office doors upon leaving, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
*Document all serial numbers of your valuable items (laptops, mp3 players, cell phones, etc.). This will allow for easy tracking if ever stolen.
Remember, theft is a crime of opportunity. If you follow the Tips listed, you can avoid becoming a victim of theft.