No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. To reduce the chances of being targeted for person crimes, consider the following:
If working or studying late, arrange to leave with a friend or call SSES at 508-793-7777 for a Safety Escort. Lock doors and windows if working late alone.
Refrain from getting in elevators with people who look out of place or behave in a strange or threatening way. Always immediately report suspicious people or conditions to CUPD (508-793-7575).
If being followed, go to a populated area and/or an emergency call box.
Be alert to any suspicious persons or vehicles.
Carry a fully charged cell phone with emergency numbers pre-programmed.
In a Threatening Situation
- If physically attacked or threatened, attract attention by yelling loudly.
- If using self-defense tactics or equipment such as pepper spray, run away as soon as the attacker is disabled.
- Decide what to do in various situations before they occur. Try role-playing with a friend.
- If confronted by someone who only wants property, give it to them.
- Try to get an accurate description of the assailant. If a vehicle is involved, get the license number and call CUPD.
- Don't leave valuables unattended (backpacks, wallets, purses, keys, computers, phones, electronic devices, etc.).
- Engrave personal property, such as electronic or sporting equipment, with identifying information.
- Keep a written record of all personal valuables, including descriptions and serial numbers. It is evidence that the property belongs to the rightful owner and aids an investigation, if needed.
- Never leave a bicycle unlocked. It only takes a moment to steal an unlocked bicycle.
- U-shaped locks are best. Cables and padlocks can be cut easily and quickly.
- Lock the bicycle frame to a bike rack or other secure object. Front wheels can be easily removed.
- Never leave purses, wallets, or other valuables unattended. Lock them in a drawer or closet, or carry them.
- Do not leave keys unattended, and do not loan out university keys.
- Request authorization from persons asking for confidential information or from delivery or repair people who want to enter an area restricted to employees.
- Those responsible for office keys should not leave them unattended, in plain sight on a desk, or in a top drawer where they could be taken or copied easily.
- Give keys only to those who have a legitimate need and make sure they are returned.
- If keys are lost or stolen, notify CUPD immediately (508-793-7575).
- Lock vehicles at all times.
- When returning to a vehicle, have the keys out while approaching. Check the interior before getting inside.
- Notify CUPD immediately of any suspicious people loitering in the parking lot.
- Remove all valuables from vehicles. Leave them at home, carry them, or lock them in the trunk.