Lock it up!

November 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

USC Upstate takes the safety and security of its campus community very seriously.  Here are some tips and pointers to remember:

AWARENESS

• Be especially aware of your surroundings at times when you may be less alert and more vulnerable to an attack (e.g., during periods of stress) when you are tired, upset or sick, or if you have been drinking.
• If you must be in an isolated area (e.g., working or studying alone in labs or offices) lock the doors and tell a friend or University Police where you are and when you plan to leave.
• Utilize a University Police Escort when walking from campus buildings to your vehicles at night.
• Report suspicious individuals or activity that you don’t think belong on our campus.
• Report overgrown shrubbery areas or lights that are out on campus to University Police.
• Limit personal information disclosed on social network sites (status updates, address, phone number, etc.).
• Know the location of campus emergency telephones on routes to and from campus destinations.
• Learn self-defense techniques.

RESIDENCE

• Think of your residence hall or apartment as your home. Remember that by taking a share of the responsibility to keep your residence safe, you can make a difference. Contact Residential Life Staff regarding your security/safety concerns.
• Keep doors locked — even if you are going to be gone only a few minutes.
• Notify the Police or Residential Life Staff of suspicious individuals who appear to be “hanging around.”
• Take security regulations seriously for your own protection.
• If you leave for an extended vacation, take high-value personal property with you.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

• Keep personal belongings in view while eating, meeting, or shopping on campus.
• Don’t leave book bags unattended in classrooms, library, cafeteria or common areas.
• Using debit or credit cards is much safer than carrying a lot of cash.
• Be aware that laptops, cell phones, iPods and other electronics are often targets for theft.

VEHICLES

• Lock your doors when driving and after parking.
• Have your keys in your hand as you approach your car.
• Check the backseat and floor before entering your car.
• Keep your valuables out of sight, under the seat, or in the glove compartment or trunk.
• Park in well-lighted areas.

Please share this Lock It Up Flyerwith your friends and room mates.