Monday, November 1, 2010

Safety Tips from Brooklyn College Public Safety


By taking a few simple precautions, you can reduce the risk to yourself, and also discourage those who commit crime.

On Public Streets
  •         Always be alert to your surroundings and aware of the people around you – especially if you’re alone or it’s dark.
  •          Be aware of locations and situations which would make you vulnerable to crime.
  •         Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
  •         Walk confidently at a steady pace on the side of the street facing traffic.
  •         Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes, and alleys where someone could hide
  •         Don’t be afraid to make eye contact with people when walking.
  •         Do not respond if a stranger speaks to you on the street, continue walking.

Vehicles and Parking
  •         Always lock your vehicle doors after entering or leaving the vehicle.
  •         Have your keys in your hand when approaching your car (or home). You’ll get inside much quicker and will avoid placing yourself in a vulnerable position.
  •         Park your vehicle in well-lit, designated parking areas only.
  •          If someone is loitering near your unoccupied vehicle as you approach it, keep walking or go to a safe place until the person leaves.
  •         Do not keep valuables in your car. If you must, place them in the trunk where they will be out of sight or take them with you for safeguarding.

Around Campus
  •         Be observant. Stay aware of your environment and familiarize yourself with campus buildings and locations of Public Safety Officer posts.
  •          Never leave your property unattended – theft is always possible.
  •          If you need to step out for a break or to get a snack, leave your property with someone you trust or take it with you.
  •          After dark, walk in well-lit areas of campus and the surrounding area. Remain on well traveled walkways and walk in groups, if possible – there is safety in numbers.
  •          Call Public Safety at 718-951-5511 to request a security escort to campus parking lots and nearby bus and subway stations. Requests should be made 15-20 minutes before needed.

If you see any suspicious activity on or near the campus, report it to the Brooklyn College Office of Public Safety at 718-951-5445
If you see something…say something.