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Personal Safety

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Students must recognize that living off-campus means it is their personal responsibility to look out for their own safety. Below are just some of the necessary safety precautions that may lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim.

  • Trust your instincts and don’t worry about overreacting. You are better safe than sorry.
  • Know where to get crime alerts and safety information for off-campus housing. Schools are not obligated by law to report crimes against students in off campus areas so information on school-related crime statistics may be misleading. Some schools offer off-campus information on their websites. Others have organizations and/or services that are specifically designed to assist students who live off-campus. Some schools only offer limited services and support for off-campus residents and, in these cases, a local police department or government agency is the better resource for off-campus information.
  • Do not walk alone after dark. Contact a friend or your school’s escort service to take you where you need to go. These services will often assist students who live off-campus.
  • Take a self-defense class.
  • When driving, keep your doors locked and park in well-lit areas.
  • Don’t walk around alone when intoxicated. Stay sober and coherent.
  • Walk in well-lit areas and stay away from alleys, entryways and bushes where someone could be hiding.
  • Do not walk or jog alone after dark. Do so in well-lit, populated areas. Vary your route.
  • Do not wear earphones or play music so loudly that you are unaware of your surroundings.
  • Obtain a whistle and carry it with you at all times. Make sure to keep it in your hands when walking alone.
  • If someone is following you on foot, cross the street, change directions or vary your pace. Enter a well-lit store, knock on a door and call the police. Do not go home.
  • If confronted, make a scene, and make lots of noise to draw attention to yourself and the other person.
  • If someone is following you in a car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. If that person persists, record the license number and call the Police immediately. Get to an area where there are other people around.
  • Avoid short cuts. Walk where there are other people present.
  • Have your keys ready before you reach the door.
  • Avoid entering elevators with strangers. When this is unavoidable, stand by the control panel and if confronted in a threatening way, push the emergency alarm and all the floor buttons. Don’t press the stop button.
  • Don’t hold the door open for a stranger attempting to enter the building, even if it seems rude. Ask them to identify themselves.
  • Post the local police and fire departments’ numbers by every phone, near the refrigerator and/or program them into your cell phone.
  • In your cell phone or by your home phone label your emergency contacts as ICE (In Case of Emergency), and, in the event of an emergency, officials will know whom to contact for important personal or medical information.

Additional Personal Safety Tips Include:

  • Be aware of deserted laundry rooms, parking lots, etc., especially at night.
  • Shred documents that have personal information on them.
  • Walk in the middle of a sidewalk to avoid people hiding in parked cars, bushes, or cars pulling up and abducting you.
  • Ignore strangers who call out to you.
  • Be aware of your body language. Walk confidently and briskly.
  • Do not traverse unfamiliar neighborhoods.
  • Always let a friend know where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • If you are on campus and need assistance, go to one of the Blue Alert emergency phones to speak immediately with Campus Safety.

For additional questions or concerns, please visit the Office of Campus Safety or contact the New Rochelle Police Department at (914) 654-2300 or 911.