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You can help protect yourself and your possessions by maintaining a high level of awareness of your immediate surroundings and the people within your environment. Keeping a mental record of what goes on around you can increase your chances of perceiving a crime or accident before it occurs and preventing it or giving security officers a detailed description of what took place. With this in mind, consider the following suggestions related to crime prevention.
  • Most crimes at Oglethorpe are thefts of unattended items.  Keep track of your keys and belongings, and lock the doors to your room and car.
     
  • Use an engraver to mark your social security number or driver's license number on electronics or other items of value.
     
  • Be alert for strangers wandering around campus buildings or residence halls after-hours.  A common tactic is for thieves to say that they are looking for a friend.
     
  • After dark, walk or drive with others and avoid dark alleys, short cuts, and vacant lots.
     
  • When walking or jogging alone, refrain from using a music playing device that distracts you from observing your surroundings.
     
  • If you realize or suspect that you are being followed, stay in a lighted area, proceed to a lighted public place, and call security for help.
     
  • Keep your purse or wallet close to your body. Regularly check your purse or wallet and make sure it fastens securely.
     
  • Carry a cellular-phone in the car or on your person. It is the fastest way to get help in an emergency.
     
  • Lock your doors when you drive. If possible, keep windows when moving through a high crime area.
     
  • Have your keys in your hand when you approach your car. Check the floor and back seat before getting in.
     
  • Consistently park in well-lit areas, as close as possible to the building you are visiting.
     
  • Never pick up hitch-hikers.
     
  • If you have a peep-hole in your door, use it. If you do not have one, install it and use it.
     
  • Request an ID from any "official looking" person who wants to come into your room. This includes the police.  When in doubt, call Campus Safety before opening your door.
     
  • Never let strangers into your room. If a stranger wants to use your phone, offer to make the call for them.
     
  • Do not reveal your number or any personal information (name, age, sex, etc.) to a wrong number caller. Ask what number they dialed and suggest they try again. Do not let them know if you are alone. Hang up on obscene callers.
     
  • Report unauthorized persons or suspicious behavior to the police immediately. If you find your residence burglarized don't go in, call the police.
     
  • If someone breaks into your residence call police and get out if possible. Do not make it obvious to others if you are not in. Have a neighbor pick up your mail.
     
  • Take security measures seriously for you and the protection of others.

If there is an emergency, Campus Safety is available at ext. 1998 (404.504.1998 from off campus).

 
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