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 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 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.