Safety Tips

  • General Safety Tips

    • Don’t carry large amounts of cash or flash your money
    • Don’t store or leave valuables in your car
    • When off campus, avoid isolated or unknown areas and don’t walk alone
    • As you approach your vehicle, have your keys ready. Look around, under and in your car for suspicious people
    • Request an escort
    • Know your emergency procedures and exit routes
    • Report suspicious people or activities
    • Report unsafe conditions (burned out lights, broken locks doors and windows)
    • Keep your room and vehicle doors locked
    • Don’t hide keys or prop doors
    • Keep valuables out of sight
    • Read campus alert notices
    • Mark and inventory your belongings
    • If attacked, scream or yell as loud as you can: Never give up!
  • ATM Safety

    • Memorize your PIN. Have your card and code ready before you approach the ATM.
    • Keep your card in a safe place. Notify your bank if your card is lost or stolen.
    • If you drive to the ATM, keep your car locked when using the ATM. Keep your keys handy so you can enter your car quickly after completing your transaction.
    • Be alert for anything suspicious, especially two or more people in a nearby vehicle or someone who just appears to be “hanging” around the area.
    • If you feel something is wrong, leave the area immediately and use another ATM.
    • When you are using the ATM and someone is closer than you would like, ask the person to step back. If they do not step back consider canceling you transaction and wait in your locked vehicle until the individual leaves.
    • Once you receive your cash, pocket it immediately and count it later in a safe place.
    • Remember to take your card and receipt.
    • Use another ATM if the lighting is out.
    • Report all ATM crimes to the police and the financial institution.
  • Automobile

    Beginning Your Trip

    • Have proper directions to and from your destination.
    • Make sure you have at least a half tank of gas before beginning your trip.
    • If your trip is long, have your vehicle checked by a mechanic before you begin.
    • Remove visible articles from your car before starting you trip.
    • After entering your vehicle, lock the doors immediately.
    • If you become lost, do not stop at any isolated location.
    • If you ask for directions, never roll the window down more than one inch.
    • Drive around your destination to become acquainted with the path you will be walking after you park your car. Look for suspicious people as you drive.
    • Avoid parking in isolated or unlit areas. Use valet services when available.
    • If you see suspicious people, wait inside your vehicle for them to leave before exiting. Do not get out of your car with a stranger present.
    • When exiting your vehicle, walk directly and confidently to your destination. Do not stop until you reach the safety of your destination. Carry you purse securely under your arm or close to your chest.
    • Do not be overburden with packages. Return to your vehicle with the safety of others to help carry your packages.

    Returning to Your Car

    • When you return to your car, have your keys out and ready to use. Ask for an escort.
    • As you approach your vehicle, look for suspicious people near your vehicle. If you see suspicious people, wait at a safe location for them to leave before approaching your vehicle.
    • Make a visual inspection around, underneath and inside your vehicle before unlocking the door.
    • If you parked in a parking garage, do not check the surrounding area of your car. Go directly to your vehicle and check the inside as you unlock the door.
    • After entering your vehicle, lock the doors immediately.
    • If you feel threatened by anyone after entering your vehicle, honk the horn as you start your car.


    • If you have an accident, drive to a safe location before exiting your car to call the police.
    • If another vehicle is involved, stay in your vehicle and ask the other person to call the police.


    • If your vehicle breaks down, stay in your car. Roll a handkerchief up tightly in your window. Carry and use a “Call Police” sign.
    • If a stranger offers help, ask the individual to call the police.
    • Do not get out of your car with a stranger present.

    Robbery Victim

    • Do not resist a simple street robbery. Remain calm, listen to and follow the directions of the robber. Give up personal possessions.
    • DO NOT allow yourself to be taken away or led off by the robber.
    • If attacked, scream or yell as loud as you can: fight to get away and never give up!
  • Bicycle

    Riding Safety Tips

    • Helmet – Helmet – Helmet: USE IT!
    • Use a guard clip on your trouser cuffs.
    • Always come to a full stop at traffic control signs and signals.
    • Ride single file with the flow of traffic on the extreme right of the road.
    • When riding at night, wear light colored clothing and insure your headlight and rear light is working.
    • Be sure your brakes are in good condition.
    • Use a rack or basket for packages.
    • Keep a safe distance from the rear of moving cars. Cars stop much faster than bikes.
    • When passing parked vehicles, beware of opening car doors.
    • Be alert for pedestrians who might step in front of you.
    • Keep off sidewalks.
    • Keep both hands on the handlebars.
    • Your bike is allowed on buses and the Metrolink. Contact Bi-State for restrictions.
    • Bicycles in traffic are treated just like automobiles. A cyclist must stop for traffic lights and stop signs, give hand signals, and ride on the right side of the street. Failure to do so is a violation of the law.

    What can you do to protect your bicycle?

    • Register your bike. This will help recover your bike if it is stolen. See a Public Safety Officer for information regarding bicycle registration.
    • Park in the designated area while on campus. When parking off campus, do not park in an isolated location. Pick a location where there is plenty of light after dark.
    • Always lock your bike. Lock both wheels and the frame to the rack. Using a quality “U” lock is recommended. If you use a cable system, the cable should be at least 3/8” diameter and the lock should be a key operated solid-metal-bodied padlock with a hardened shackle that locks both the heal and toe. The cable should be long enough to go through both wheels and the frame.
    • Use Operation ID to mark the bicycle with an engraver.
    • In the event your bicycle is stolen, report it to a Public Safety Officer immediately.
  • Obscene Calls

    • As soon as you hear an obscenity, improper question or no response – HANG UP! It may take the caller 4 or 5 times to get the message, but be consistent and hang up every time. They usually get tired of getting on response and stop calling.
    • Don’t extend the call trying to figure out who is calling. This or any type of reaction is exactly what the caller wants.
    • Don’t let the caller know you are upset or angry.
    • Any verbal response from you may well be interpreted as a sign of encouragement.
    • Don’t try to be a counselor. The annoyance or obscene caller needs professional help, but will only be encouraged by your concern and will continue calling.
    • While the majority of obscene and annoying phone calls are simply pranks, threats of violence must be taken seriously. Immediately after you receive a call in which there are threats of physical harm or violence report the call to the Public Safety Department and to Clayton Police.
    • If the calls persist, keep track of the date and times of the calls. This log will help in the investigation of the incident.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the Public Safety Department: (314) 719-HELP (4357)