Living Off Campus

  • Keep the 911-telephone number for local police, and other emergency services near your telephone.
  • Lock all doors and windows whenever you leave. Take your keys with you, even if you leave for only a short while.
  • Keep house and car keys on separate rings. When leaving your car in a parking lot, valet parking, or at a service station, leave only your ignition key.
  • Always have visitors provide identification before you let them in. Do not rely on a chain lock to prevent entry; it is not sufficient protection.
  • If a stranger asks to use your telephone, do not open your door. Instead, offer to call for emergency assistance.
  • Do not lend your keys to "helpful strangers", service people or anyone you do not know well and trust.
  • Do not attach your address to your key chain.
  • Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other
  • Utilize electrical timers for lights or a radio tuned to a news or talk radio station when away from home for long periods of time.