PRR – Students – Campus Crime
- Do NOT be a bystander: if you see something, say something
- Do NOT take or ingest substances from a stranger
- Make sure a family member or friend knows what your plans are for the day
- Take note where the campus emergency blue light phones are located
- Keep an eye on your drink
- Stay aware of your surroundings and suspicious people
- Go to new places with a group and leave with that group
- Sign-up for a self-defense class
- Do NOT get in a car with a stranger or casual acquaintance
- Keep campus police and escort services in your contacts
- USE locks and security systems ➝ make sure to lock your door and buy a lock for your bike
- Maintain privacy on social media
- IF you have to walk alone at night, bring a non-lethal weapon or use a safety app/transportation services
Useful Safety Apps:
CHECK to see if your school has its own emergency app, which is likely paired up to your campus police department, also likely has a safety map
- BE ALERT: It is important to be aware of your surroundings and to note the emergency call boxes on campus. When you are in an unfamiliar area, make sure to stay in well-lit areas and look for safe zones.
- DO NOT BE AFRAID TO BE RUDE: If you are with someone and they make you feel uncomfortable, do not be afraid to stop talking to them and to distance yourself. In addition, do not go anywhere with someone who seems off or gives you a bad feeling. Even if it feels rude or awkward, tell them to leave you alone.
- UTILIZE CAMPUS ESCORT PROGRAMS: Many colleges have shuttles that will run during the late-night hours or have escorts assigned to walk students home. These services are usually free and can be found on the school’s website.
- For the Los Angeles area:
- CARRY A FORM OF SELF-DEFENSE OR PERSONAL ALARM: Whistles and alarms will alert the public to your location and can scare off attackers. Pepper spray will cause temporary blindness and will also leave a mark, which will aid in tracking down the perpetrator. In addition, these self-defense devices are often small and can fit into a purse or pocket
- IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF A CRIME:
- Call the police: Dial 911
- Seek medical attention and mental health services
- Consult legal counsel
- Seek a civil protection order
- Request housing change
- Create an ongoing safety plan
- REPORTING & RECOVERING:
- Go to the police: If you are able to, try to give the police as much information as you can about the perpetrator. Answer all the questions to the best of your ability, with as much detail as possible.
- Make a list of lost property
- Meet with the university: It is important to meet with the school so you can learn about resources to help people in your situation. In addition, it is important to inform the school so it can take steps to prevent similar crimes from happening.
- Get medical attention: It is important to have yourself examined by a healthcare provider if you are a victim of a violent or sexual crime.
- Seek counseling: For victims of violent or sexual crimes, it is important to talk to someone to help work through the trauma or stress remaining from the incident. Counseling is a key part to the healing process.