SAFETY AND SECURITY TIPS

Apartment Security

If you live off campus in an apartment, security is your responsibility. The Jackson Police Department provides routine patrol around all apartments in the City of Jackson and will assist you upon request. The following guidelines are recommended:

 Keep your doors and windows secured at all times.

Do not open your door for strangers.

Mark all valuable items with permanent identification.

Report all criminal incidents to the Jackson Police Department.

Safety When Walking

Plan the safest route to destination and use it.

Choose well-lighted busy streets and avoid passing vacant lots, alleys, or construction sites.  Take the long way if it’s the safest.

If you have a purse or bag, carry it close to your body and keep a firm grip on it. Carry a wallet in an inside coat or side trouser pocket, not in a rear trouser pocket.

Don’t flaunt expensive jewelry or clothing.

Walk facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.

Bring “emergency” change for cab fare, bus fare, or a telephone call.

If you suspect you’re being followed by someone on foot, cross the street and head for the nearest well-lighted, populated area.  Walk quickly or run to a house or store to call police. If you are really frightened, scream for help.

If you are being followed by someone in a car, change direction immediately, and make a visible point of writing down the license number.

Never hitchhike.

 Avoid going out alone at night. After dark, you should always be in a group of two or more people.

Walk near the curb and avoid walkways that pass close to shrubbery, dark doorways, and other places of concealment.

Stay in well-lighted areas.

Avoid parking and walking alone in parking lots after dark. If it is necessary to do so, first call  Lane College Security and request an escort.

Safety in Your Car

 Keep your car in good running condition to avoid breakdowns.

Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips.  Have enough gas and money to get there and back.

Always lock your car when entering and leaving it.

Park in well-lighted areas that will still be well-lighted when you return.

Be particularly alert and careful when using underground and enclosed parking garages.

Before getting in your car, check the front and back seats to make sure no one is hiding there; do this even if your doors have been locked.

Have your keys in hand so you don't have to linger before entering the car.

Once in the car, keep your doors locked, and the windows rolled up whenever possible.

Be suspicious of people approaching your car asking for directions or change, or giving out flyers.

If a suspicious looking person approaches your car, drive away carefully— even if you must go through a traffic light.

Do not offer rides to strangers.

If you suspect that someone is following you, drive to the nearest police station or fire station, open gas station or other business where you can safely call police. Try to get the car’s license number and description.  If no safe areas are near, honk the horn repeatedly and turn on your emergency flashers. 

Be alert when using drive-up automated teller machines (ATMs).

If another driver bumps your car, or your tire goes flat, keep your doors and windows closed and wait for the police to arrive — or drive slowly to the nearest police station. 

If you have a mobile phone, don’t hesitate to call for help when necessary.

Be alert when using drive-up automated teller machines (ATMs).

If another driver bumps your car, or your tire goes flat, keep your doors and windows closed and wait for the police to arrive — or drive slowly to the nearest police station. 

If you have a mobile phone, don’t hesitate to call for help when necessary.

 

Protect Your Valuables

 Do not leave your purse, wallet, money or valuables in a conspicuous place. Keep them locked inside a desk drawer or filing cabinet.

Carry only the amount of money you will need for the day. Pay for large purchases with a check, noting the number of each check used. Often, the theft of a single check is not discovered until a bank statement arrives.

Always lock your door when you leave the room, even if you'll only be gone a few minutes. It takes only about eight seconds for someone to walk into an open room and remove an item.

During semester breaks or other extended absences, take your valuables such as jewelry, stereos, TVs, etc., with you when leaving your residence. These are items that are most frequently stolen and resold.

 "HOW TO BE SAFE — 3 BASIC RULES

Do stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who is in front of you and who is behind you.  Don’t get distracted.  If you’re worried about crime, ask a friend to accompany you when you go out.

If you are confronted, don’t resist.    

Do communicate the message that you’re calm, confident, and know where you’re going.  Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make quick eye contact with people around you.