Street Sense - It's Elementary
Even for college kids who already know everything!
Street Sense 101-The Basic Mindset
- Wherever you are-walking between classes, in the library, shopping, driving-stay alert and tuned into your surroundings.
- Walk with confidence-show that you’re aware and in control. Body language works.
- Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, get out or away.
Street Sense 201-Practical Advice
- Walk with a friend, whenever possible.
- Don’t fumble in your pocket or purse for your door key-have it in hand before you reach your home or car.
- Stick to well-lighted, well traveled areas. No shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots or alleys.
- Avoid jogging or biking alone. If you must go by yourself, stay clear of isolated or poorly-lighted areas.
- Don't tempt fate by flashing large amounts of cash or other valuable objects.
- Out late studying? Call a friend or family member. On campus call the IUEPD for an escort if needed.
- Never hitchhike. It’s not worth the risk!
- Watch your purse, backpack, briefcase, and recorder. Don’t take a break and leave them behind.
- If you think someone is following you, abruptly switch directions or cross the street. If you’re still being followed, go to a public place and ask for help.
Telephone Sense 203-How to Handle the Obscene Phone Call
- Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Don’t try to find out who the caller is, and don’t show any reaction.
- If the calls keep coming, notify the police. Keep a log of the times, what the caller said, a description of the voice, and any background noise.
Your Campus-Your Community
- Know your neighbors, whether you live at home or with a roommate. Exchange good and bad news, discuss what is happening in your community and neighborhood, stay aware of your surroundings.
- Report all crime to the Police and to the IUEPD if the crime occurred on campus. How can they help if they don't know what's happening?
A Safe Workplace - It Starts with You
Do you help make our workplace secure?
- Did you lock your car when you left it in the morning?
- If you are the last to leave at night, do you lock the door to your office or notify the IUEPD?
- Did you report that broken light to Physical Facilities?
- Do you insist on identification from repair persons who come to work in the office? Are you extra alert while they are there?
- Do you know the exact location of the ire exits in your building?
- Do you keep your purse with you or locked in a drawer or closet instead of on your desk or on a table?
- If something suspicious or frightening happened-a stranger loitering near the door, a burglary, and a telephone bomb threat-do you know the numbers for the IUEPD and fire department?
- Do you keep track of the office keys in your possession, storing them in a secure place and not handing them out to unauthorized persons?
- Do you shred important papers before discarding them in the wastebasket?
- Do you avoid letting telephone callers know that your boss or fellow workers are out of town?
- If a co-worker were the victim of a crime, would you know how to help?
Parking Lot Sense
Be Safe - Know your Surroundings
- Park in well lighted, heavy traveled areas if possible. If you know you are going to be staying late, check for lights when you park in the morning. If there are no spaces near lights, move your car to a better location at noon or when other employees begin to leave for the day.
- If you are work late ask the IUEPD or co-worker to walk you to the parking lot.
- Always lock your car and roll the windows up all the way. If you notice any strangers lurking in the parking lot notify the IUEPD immediately.
- Don't leave valuable items in plain view inside the car. Leave them at home or lock them in the trunk. What value do you place on your text books?
- When you approach your car, have your key ready and check the floor and back seat before you get in.
Office Security - It's Your Workplace
- Keep your purse wallet, or other valuable items with you at all times or locked in a drawer or closet. Don’t leave a purse on a desk or a wallet in a jacket that’s left on a chair or coat rack.
- Never leave your keys lying about.
- Never leave change or cash on the desk or in a top drawer. Instead place any cash in an envelope and put it in a drawer that you can lock.
- If you bring any personal items to work, such as a coffee pot, a radio, or a calculator, make sure they are engraved with your name an identification number.
- Check the identification of any strangers who ask for confidential information or any deliver or repair persons who want to enter an area restricted to employees. Don’t be afraid to call for verification or contact your supervisor.
- If you notice any suspicious persons or vehicles notify the IUEPD. Be especially alert in large office buildings and after normal working hours.
- When you are working in an office after normal working hours, be sure you have closed and locked exterior doors and windows. If you have a perimeter alarm system, leave it on for extra protection.
- Report any broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, doors that don’t lock properly, broken windows or broken pay phone to maintenance and the IUEPD.
- Be Discreet. Don’t advertise your social life or vacation plans and those of your co-workers to strangers visiting your place of work.
- Keep emergency numbers for IUEPD and fire departments posted near every phone. It’s a good idea to write the address of the building on or near the phone. People often forget addresses when reporting an emergency at work. Post a list of employees who are trained in CPR or emergency first aid along with their extension numbers.
- If you are responsible for office keys, don’t leave them on your desk or in the top drawer where they could easily be taken and copied. Keep them with you or hide them in a secure place. Only give out keys to persons who have a legitimate need and make sure they are returned to you.
- Never write down safe or vault combinations or computer passwords.
- Know your co-workers and look out for each other. Ask a friend to watch your desk while you’re in another room or out for lunch, and volunteer to do the same. Find someone who leaves at the same time and walk together.
- If you’re going to be away from your desk, ask someone to answer your phone calls, have the calls forwarded to another or sent to voice-mail.
- Always let someone know where you will be, whether it’s coming in late, working late, going to lunch or to a meeting. If you have an accident, they will have an idea about where you are and eventually come looking for you.
- Make sure all equipment in your office-computer, fax, copying machines; calculators have been engraved with an identification number.
- Make sure copiers and computers are turned off after hours and critical files are secure.
If You are a Victim - What do I do?
- Stay calm, try not to panic or show any signs of anger or confusion. If you are confronted by an armed robber, cooperate. Don’t risk physical harm. Call the IUEPD as soon as possible. A good description will be vital to police, so try to remember everything you can about the thief, robber or assailant. Important things to look for are height and weight, race, sex, age, color of hair and haircut, complexion, facial hair (beard, moustache, sideburns), color of eyes and eyeglasses, scars or other unusual marks, tattoos, speech including accent or lisp, clothing, jewelry, weapon, vehicle color and make, license and direction of escape.
- Contact your local victim services agency or mental health center. You may also contact the Indiana University East Center for Health promotion Counseling Services, Springwood Hall, room 103, 765-973-8316. They can assist you in coping with the trauma that any victimization causes.