University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
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