Safety Measures to consider
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Walk with your head up and remain alert. Walk in open, well-lit areas and take note of others around you. Do not walk while distracted. Avoid activities such as listening to music, texting or talking on a cell phone.
- Always travel in groups – remember there is strength in numbers.
- 70% of all crime occurs after dark. If you are out at night remain vigilant and alert. There is no substitute for vigilance when it comes to personal safety.
- Be city smart. Travel in safe, heavily-traversed areas. Stay away from alleys or areas with overgrown vegetation.
- Wear comfortable shoes that allow you to move quickly. Don’t carry too many things at one time—it can block your view and make you appear defenseless.
- Drink responsibly. Do not over indulge in alcohol consumption. Never leave your drink unattended. Individuals who are impaired by intoxication make an easy target for criminals.
- When you are under the influence of alcohol never walk home alone. Take a cab or travel with a group. Do not accept drinks, food, or rides with people you do not know.
- Before going to a party or gathering off campus, tell a friend where you are going and when you will be back. Let them know if your plans change.
- Take turns being a designated driver or sober companion.
- Carry small amounts of cash and personal property such as credit cards, gift cards, or sensitive information. A travel wallet or purse with these minimum items will limit your loss if your property is lost or stolen.
- Always report suspicious persons or activities immediately. Give a thorough physical description including height, weight, hair or eye color, and clothing as well as vehicle make, color, and tag information if possible. The same is true if you are a victim of a crime.
- Trust your instincts! If you sense something is wrong remove yourself from the situation immediately. Most crimes are opportunistic in nature. If you decrease the opportunities you expose yourself to, you will decrease the odds of becoming a victim.
How to Report a Problem
5104 York Road
Emergency Phone: 410-617-5911
Non-Emergency Phone: 410-617-5010
Fax Number: 410-617-5011