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Safety Bulletin - September 3, 2008

As the new semester gets underway, we at the SIUE Police Department encourage you to take a moment to read the following crime prevention tips. Crime reduction on campus requires the continued active support of the entire University community.

When Out and About:

  • Be alert to your surroundings and walk with confidence. While walking keep your head up and continuously conduct a visual scan of the area by looking from side to side and behind you.
  • Take note of any suspicious or unusual people or situations. Be on the alert for people or situations that seem to be out of place or out of the ordinary.
  • Trust your instincts. If you sense that something is not right or might pose a danger to you, listen to your instincts and act accordingly (i.e. immediately depart from the area, seek safety with a group of other people, yell for help, call the police, etc.).
  • Try to avoid walking alone at night. If possible, walk in a group or at least with one other person at night.
  • If traveling alone, call ahead when arriving. Let somebody know that you will be arriving prior to parking and exiting your vehicle.
  • Try to park in well lit and heavily traveled areas. Avoid parking in dark, isolated areas if at all possible.
  • Remember the free escort service. The SIUE Police Department offers a free escort service to students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors 24 hours a day. Do not hesitate to utilize this service to insure your personal safety.

When at home:

  • Lock your doors whenever you leave your room or apartment. Thefts and burglaries are crimes of opportunity. It has been our experience that most thefts and burglaries on campus occur when a door or window has been unlocked. ALWAYS LOCK YOUR DOORS AND WINDOWS!!!
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight. By simply placing valuables in drawers, closets, or anywhere out of sight, you are taking steps to crime prevention. Once again, thefts and burglaries are crimes of opportunity. Don't make it easy on a would-be thief by leaving your valuables lying around simply to be snatched up.
  • Leave a light on when you are away. Timers are inexpensive and can be set to turn on a light or radio when you are not home.
  • Never leave a message on your answering machine that you are not at home. Indicate that you are unavailable right now.
  • Create an inventory of your belongings listing the item and serial number. Take photos of your valuables, and make photocopies of the contents of your wallet (credit cards, driver's license, etc.) Keep this list, photos, and photocopies in a safe place. It is a good idea to send a copy of this list to a family member for safe-keeping.

Miscellaneous Tips:

  • Never give personal information through email or telephone. If you are being asked for your social security number, bank accounts, computer passwords, or any other personal information be it through an email or telephone, assume it is a scam. Always investigate where the request is coming from and why they would need that information. If you have any doubts or concerns do not give any information.
  • If you receive an email stating you have an "e-card waiting for you", or something to that effect, DO NOT OPEN IT. This scam has recently been circulating on campus. There is a virus that will get into your computer if you open the e-card. Only open e-cards from email addresses you are familiar with. Most times an e-card will give the name of the person who is sending it. If you don't know the name, DO NOT OPEN IT.
  • Never buy a hangtag from an individual. Chances are this is stolen property and you could be arrested and charged with Theft or Being in Possession of Stolen Property. Parking Services is the only Department on campus where you can buy a legal hangtag.

Although not all crimes can be prevented, many can be avoided by looking out for yourself and others. If you hear or see something that doesn't seem right, call the University Police immediately by dialing 911 or using a Blue Light Emergency Phone. You can also reach the SIUE Police Department by calling the non-emergency number at 650-3324.


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