Parking Lot Safety
Good lighting, emergency telephones and an escort service staffed by police officers have been recognized by the parking industry as significantly effective in achieving parking lot safety. To request an escort, University Police may be contacted at 650-3324. Emergency telephones, located in or near each lot, have two call buttons, one for assistance and one for emergencies. Both types of calls go directly to University Police.
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Listed below are additional "common sense" parking lot and driving safety tips:
- Park near other vehicles.
- Park under/near lights.
- Don't occupy more than one space. You may get retribution from angry fellow motorists as well as parking citations.
- Avoid parking next to vans, pick ups and other large vehicles. These large vehicles can hide your car and make it more difficult for others to observe someone breaking into your automobile. It also can provide a great hiding place for a would-be thief or attacker.
- Always lock your vehicle, close the windows, and lock any valuables or packages in the trunk.
- Remember to put your cell phone and briefcase in the trunk, too, unless you are taking them with you.
- Do not hide a spare key in or on your car -- it can be found.
- Never leave an I.D. tag on your key ring. If you lose your keys or they are stolen, an I.D. tag can help a thief find you, your car and your house.
- As you approach the car, have your keys ready and check the seats before getting in.
- Know where the emergency phone is located in the area where you normally park.
- Be aware. Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police.
- Reduce the risk of having your vehicle stolen. An ignition kill switch, various alarms and/or steering wheel bar are great weapons against car theft.
- Watch for pedestrians.
- Do not cut through empty spaces and lanes. Be watchful of other motorists who may do this.
- Obey pavement directional arrows, crosswalk markings, posted speed limits and "yield" or "stop" signs.
- Always drive with your doors locked.
- Be suspicious of anyone approaching your vehicle. Whether they are passing out leaflets or asking for donations, quickly leave the situation.
- Drive slowly and use your turn signal.
- Obey the "Click It or Ticket" Signs. It's the law.