Personal Safety Reminders

Protecting Yourself

  • 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.

Verbal Harassment

  • 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. Do not leave them next to you on the seat.
  • If you see another motorist in trouble, do not stop. 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.

At Home

  • 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.

Face-to-face confrontations

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:

  • Run
  • Stall
  • Negotiate
  • 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.