Personal Safety Reminders
- Be prepared to protect yourself both physically and psychologically:
- Think through how you usually react to crises. Do you flee, freeze, or fight? Think of a few past examples to see if there is a pattern. You can change how you react by practicing a different response if needed.
- Talk to others about ways to handle confrontations and rehearse alternatives.
- There is no right or wrong way to react. Every situation is different. The best response depends on a combination of factors such as the location, the assailant, presence of weapons, your personal responses, etc.
- Plan and use the safest and most direct route.
- Choose well-lighted streets at night.
- Stay alert to your surroundings; look confident and purposeful.
- Become familiar with businesses that are open late.
- If you feel uneasy, go directly to a place where there are other people.
- Walk with a friend if possible, particularly at night.
- Carry your keys and money in a pocket, not in a purse or wallet.
If Someone in a Car is Following You
- Turn around and walk quickly in the opposite direction. Try to obtain the license plate number and a description of the car and call the police or NCU Campus Safety and Security.
If Someone is Following You on Foot
- Turn around to let the person know you see them. Immediately cross the street and walk or run toward a place where there are other people. Call the police, NCU Campus Safety and Security, or get someone else to call for you.
- Ignore it and walk away. If you are alone at a bus stop, proceed to the next stop if there are other people there.
Keeping Safe in the Car
- Drive with car doors locked and windows closed.
- Keep your wallet, purse, and valuables out of view while driving.Â Do not leave them next to you on the seat.
- If you see another motorist in trouble, do not stop.Â Call the police for assistance.
- Park in well-lighted areas
- Look around before you get out of your car.
- Put valuables and packages in the trunk before you arrive at your destination.
- Always lock the doors, no matter how soon you plan to return.
- When returning to your car, have the door key in your hand.Â
- Look inside before you get in.
Safety in the Workplace
- When working late, lock doors
- Keep your purse in a locked cabinet or drawer. Never leave it on or underneath a desk.
- Avoid using stairs in a remote section of the building.
- Never prop doors open, especially fire doors, even for a short time.
- Do not hold the door open for strangers.
Residence Security Tips
- Keep dead bolts locked at all times.
- Plan an escape route from your residence in case of fire or other emergency.
- Lock room every time you leave it, even if it is for a short time.
- Do not allow unknown people into residence hall, apartment, or house.
- Do not prop open exterior residence hall doors.
- Upon returning to residence hall room, if seeing signs of forced entry, leave immediately and call security. If living off campus, leave immediately and call the police.
- Have keys in hand to unlock doors when returning home.
- Be familiar with the security services in your community.
- If there is a stranger at a door, never indicate that one is home alone.
- Do not open the door to anyone without verifying their identity. Have the person slip their identification cards under the door.
- Never let a stranger through an apartment security entrance.
- Do not give any information to "wrong number" callers. Ask, "What number are you calling?"
- Never tell an unknown caller that you are home alone.
- Verify the identity and intent of those calling for information, by calling the person’s agency.
- Hang up immediately if receiving unwanted calls. Do not say anything. If the calls continue, keep a record of the date, time and content of each call. Then notify the police and the phone company, by blocking the number calling.
The single most effective weapon is one’s own judgment. Rely on it to choose the best response at the time, whether it is to:
- Verbally assert yourself
- Scream to attract attention
- Distract or divert the assailant
- Physically resist or fight off the attacker
Please report all suspicious people or activity to the appropriate law enforcement agency of to the Campus Safety and Security Department.