In many ways, our campus seems like a perfect environment without dangers. But it still requires forethought about protecting yourself and your personal belongings. Crime occurs everywhere in the world, even on campus.

You now have the responsibility of locking your doors and looking after your belongings more than in the past. Below are the top safety tips for living on campus:

Lock your room, flat, suite, and apartment door.

Most theft on campus occurs in unlocked rooms. Locking your door is the best way to decrease theft and enhance safety.

Do not open your door to someone you do not know and do not lend your key or Phoenix card to anyone.

Lending your Phoenix card to others is a violation of university policy. Report lost or stolen keys/cards to Residence Life/Campus Safety and Police immediately.

Don't let people you don't know into your building.

Letting unescorted visitors into the building eradicates the effects of all safety measures.

Plan for your safety.

Make a plan for how you will remain safe and how you will get home before you go out. Tell people your plans.

Identify your valuables using Operation ID and purchase renter's insurance.

Campus Safety and Police have engravers available for student use. Record serial numbers and keep your copy in a safe place.

Review our renter’s insurance information website, talk to your insurance agent and consider some form of renter’s insurance.

Secure your car and bike. Park your car in well-lit areas and keep it locked.

Lock all valuables in your trunk. If you have expensive stereo equipment, etc., consider buying an alarm system.

Register your bike with Campus Safety and Police. They will issue a registration sticker to affix to your bicycle to deter theft and aid in recovery if it is stolen. Campus Safety and Police recommends a U-Style lock. A registered and properly locked bicycle is much less likely to be stolen.

Do NOT walk alone at night.

Make arrangements to walk in groups and, whenever possible, use the University Shuttle. Hours of operation for the University Shuttle may be obtained by calling 336-278-5555, as well as information about escorts. If you must travel alone at night, stay on well-lit paths and sidewalks.

Call Campus Safety and Police at 336.278.5555 in case of emergency, if you observe suspicious activity, or if you wish to report criminal activity.

For police, fire or medical emergencies, contact Campus Safety and Police by calling 911 from any phone. You may also use any of the emergency call boxes throughout campus to contact Campus Safety and Police.


Your safety depends on your attitude and actions. Use common sense.


Report all security-related maintenance issues (locks, doors, windows, lighting) to your area office (business hours) or Campus Safety and Police (after business hours).

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