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 your room every time you leave it, even if it is for a short time.
  • Do not allow unknown people into your residence hall, apartment, or house.
  • Do not prop open exterior residence hall doors.
  • Upon returning to your residence hall room, if you find signs of forced entry, leave immediately and call security. If you live 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 your door, never indicate that you are home alone.
  • Do not open the door to anyone you do not know without verifying their identity. Have the person slip their identification cards under the door.
  • If someone wants to use your phone, offer to make the call yourself while the person waits outside.
  • 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 about you by calling the person’s agency.
  • Hang up immediately if you receive 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.

Face-to-Face Confrontations

When faced with danger, trust yourself. Your single most effective weapon is your own judgment. Rely on it to choose what you think is the best response at the time, whether it is to:

  • run
  • stall
  • not resist
  • negotiate
  • verbally assert yourself
  • scream to attract attention
  • distract or divert the assailant
  • physically resist or fight off the attacker

Always evaluate your resources and options. Continue to assess the situation as it is occurring. If the first strategy chosen is not working, try another.