Safety Tips

General Safety Tips

  • Call 815-740-3200 or 911 if you feel unsafe.
  • At night, try to stay in well-lit areas and use routes that are more heavily traveled.
  • Avoid walking alone through isolated areas; avoid shortcuts through parking lots.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of telephones and blue boxes.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Travel in groups whenever possible.
  • Use the buddy system; when with a friend at a party or local establishment, agree to watch out for each other and to leave the event together or in a group.
  • Avoid intoxicating substances and criminal activity.
  • Report suspicious persons to activities to Security immediately at 3200.
  • Always lock your office/dorm door.
  • Never leave valuables in plain sight, always put them in a drawer or cabinet.


Parking Lot Safety

  • Have your keys in your hand so you don’t have to search for them when you reach your vehicle.
  • Before entering your vehicle, visually inspect the interior for anything suspicious.
  • As soon as you entering your vehicle, lock all the doors and turn on your headlights.
  • When parking at night try parking in a well-lit area.
  • You can call Campus Security 24/7 for an escort to any building on campus.


Residence Hall Safety

  • Always lock your door.
  • Do not prop open doors and immediately close any you see propped.
  • Don’t let strangers into your room or residence hall.
  • Don’t keep valuables in plain sight.
  • Do not give your room key to anyone.
  • Report lost or stolen keys to Campus Security (3200) or Residence Education (3434).