About Us Admissions Academics Athletics Campus Life Alumni

 Home < Campus Life < Resources < Safety < Crime Prevention Tips


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).

©2015 Oglethorpe University | 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 | 404.261.1441 or 1.800.428.4484 | Privacy Policy