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Tips for a Safer Campus

Tips for a Safer Campus


When walking or running ...

  • Stay alert - do not talk on your cell phone or wear headphones. 
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Go with someone
  • Stay away from isolated areas
  • Stay in well-lit areas
  • Hold your purse or briefcase tightly, close to your body
  • Keep your wallet in a front pocket, which is safer than a back pocket
  • Do not hesitate to contact Campus Police to request an escort to walk you to your destination.  You can request an escort by calling 814-269-7005.

If you're being followed ...

  • Cross the street or change directions
  • Keep looking back so the person knows you can’t be surprised
  • If carrying a cell phone, call 9-1-1 and get to a well-lit area
  • Enter a building, anywhere there are people
  • Notice and remember as much as possible about the person so you can give a good description
  • When you arrive at a safe place, call the university police and report the incident

Where you live ...

  • Keep your doors locked night and day
  • Don’t let in strangers
  • Never prop doors open, especially fire doors, even for a short time

Protect your personal and University property ...

  • Lock every door every time you leave
  • Engrave expensive equipment and valuables with an ID number
  • Don’t attach your Pitt ID or any other identification to your keychain
  • Don’t leave your belongings (books, gym bags, backpacks, calculators, coats, etc.) unattended in libraries, hallways, gym facilities, or classrooms
  • Don’t use an outdoor bank teller machine late at night.

Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night ...

  • If you do work late, keep your office door locked
  • Lock all doors behind you when entering or exiting at night

Protect your car ...

  • Always lock your car and take the keys
  • Lock valuables in the trunk
  • Park in well-lit areas

In a car ...

  • Have your keys ready when walking to your vehicle
  • Check the back seat before getting into a car
  • Keep doors locked while driving
  • Don’t pick up hitchhikers
  • Don’t hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.

Be aware ...

  • Attend safety workshops and report suspicious activity immediately
  • Get to know your neighbors
  • Share information on suspicious circumstances
Don’t hesitate to call Campus Police at 814-269-7005 with any safety concerns.
Last Reviewed: September 1, 2012