Crime Prevention Tips
The safety of students and staff is the top priority for the Department of Safety and Security at Philadelphia University. While there is no absolute protection from crime, increased awareness of crime prevention techniques can help decrease the possibility of crime occurring.
Please review this text and become familiar with the ways to protect yourself and your property from crime. This line is monitored/recorded for accuracy.
Call 215.951.2999 or 215.848-5555
Residence Hall Living
- A large number of residence hall thefts from unlocked rooms occur while the residents of the room are on the same floor, but step out for one minute. It takes approximately eight seconds for someone to walk into an unattended room and remove something, such as a purse or jewelry. Lock your door, even if you are only going to the bathroom or to the room next door.
- Lock your door when you are in your room, especially when you are asleep.
- Lock windows that are accessible from the outside.
- Try to take showers only when there are other residents on the floor.
- Never leave handbags, billfolds, jewelry or other valuables unattended in residence hall rooms, showers or lounges. Put them away in a safe place in your room (under lock and key, if possible.)
- Strangers loitering in or around residence halls should be reported to the Department of Safety and Security.
- Do not prop open residence hall doors that are supposed to be locked.
- Try not to leave small items of value in your room during vacation periods and long holidays.
- If you receive annoying or obscene telephone calls, notify the Department of Safety & Security at once. It may be a prank, but you never know.
- Do not let strangers into your room. Use the door viewer to see who it is and call the department of safety and security to verify his/her legitimacy.
- Do not advertise or write on your door where you will be or when you will return.
- All crimes should be reported to the Department of Safety and Security as soon as possible.
In The House or Apartment
- Never use your first name in the telephone directories or mailboxes and avoid prefixes: Mrs., Miss, or Ms. List your first initial only.
- After moving into a new home or apartment, it is a good idea to change the door locks. Every window that can be entered from the outside should have a good lock and be properly secured.
- Never open your door to strangers! Repair persons and sales persons carry proper identification. It is in your best interest to request that they show it to you before you admit them. Also, most repair persons and sales persons make appointments before hand. During non-working hours, if repairperson are making "emergency" repairs or checks, confirm the necessity for the work by phone before admittance.
- If someone wants to use your phone, no matter what the emergency claimed, offer to make the call. Do not open the door.
- Always keep windows secured and covered at night. Never reveal either in person or to a telephone caller, that you are alone. Have two lights on in different locations of the house. This gives the impression of more than one person at home. To secure sliding doors, place a strong wooden broom handle or dowel in the lower track of the door.
- In apartment buildings, be wary of deserted laundry rooms.
- When walking at night, use the best-lighted route and try not to walk alone, if possible.
- Do not jog alone.
- Do not leave your book bags, backpacks, or other items of value unattended in Academic buildings at any time. Protect your wallet, purse, checkbook and credit cards from theft by keeping them with you at all times.
- If you are the victim of a crime, notify the Department of Safety and Security immediately. If necessary, use the blue light emergency phones, which can be seen from most areas of the campus. Contacting the Department of Safety and Security is our only chance of helping you.
- Report any encounters with voyeurs or exhibitionists to the department of safety and security.
- Walk near the center of the sidewalk and use the busiest, safest, and best-lighted routes. Avoid alleys, parks, vacant lots and parking areas that are deserted and dark.
- Never hitchhike.
- If you think someone is following you, cross the street, walk faster or even walk down the middle of the street. Try to go to a lighted area, store or near a group of people.
- Do not accept rides from strangers. If a car approaches and you are threatened, walk in the opposite direction of the vehicle.
- Do not overload yourself with packages, books and other things.
- If your purse is snatched or if you are approached by a would-be robber...don't fight. Cooperate rather than risk injury. It will not be a great loss if you carry no more cash than is absolutely necessary and keep a list at home of all credit cards, licenses, etc.
- When you walk to your vehicle, have your keys ready in your hand so you will not have to stand outside your car looking for them.
- Always check the rear seat and floor before you get into your car.
- Lock the doors as soon as you get into your vehicle and keep them locked.
- Do not pick up hitchhikers.
- When stopping your car in traffic, always leave enough room to pull around any stopped vehicle that may be in front of you.
- If you believe you are being followed by another car, do not turn into your driveway or parking lot. Attempt to locate open businesses, or drive to the nearest police department. Use your horn and lights to attract attention. Try to obtain a license number of the other vehicle to pass onto the police.
- If you have car trouble, raise the hood and sit inside your car with the doors locked until assistance arrives. Ask the person whom approaches to call a service truck for you. Keep an ample supply of gasoline in your car so you don't run out of gas.
- Do not stop to offer help to a stranded motorist, male or female. Stop at the next public telephone and call the police or a service station.
- If you park your car and the attendant asks you to leave your keys, leave only the car keys.
- Place valuables in the locked trunk or otherwise conceal where they cannot be seen.
- Always secure your bicycle, both wheels and the frame, with sturdy chains, locks and U-locks, to the bicycle racks on campus.
Off Campus Living
- All students choosing to live off campus should be aware that they need to dial #911 to reach the Philadelphia Police and the Philadelphia Fire Department in case of an emergency or if they require police assistance.
- Be prepared: There is a lot you can do to avoid becoming a victim, or to respond effectively if a crime does take place.
- Educate yourself concerning crime prevention tactics.
- Consider in advance what you would do if confronted by a criminal.
Everyone must work together to create a safe campus. Please report all crimes to the Department of Safety and Security as soon as possible. The security staff is on duty 24 hours a day.
215.951-2999 or 215.848-5555
This line is monitored/recorded for accuracy.