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Campus Safety: Here’s What You Need to Know

This article appeared in a 2014 issue of the student newsletter.

Colleges and universities are relatively safe places, but this environment can lead students, employees and faculty to let down their guard. Don’t let your comfort on campus lull you into a false sense of security. Crime can and does happen occasionally on campus, so it’s important to know what you can do to prevent it and what steps to take if a crime occurs.

Here are some facts and tips from your college police to help you stay safe and be prepared in case of an emergency:

Keep Valuables Hidden
Theft is the most common campus crime, and electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones are the most common items stolen. If you need to store these items in your car, always keep them out of sight.
Call College Police
If an emergency occurs and you are on campus, call 972-860-4290 for college police. If you download the DCCCD Mobile App, you can contact your college police department directly by opening the app and pressing the “Call Police” icon.
Why call your college police instead of 911? Your college police are closer, know the campus/area and will call for other emergency help if needed. Ultimately, calling college police saves time and possibly your life.
Get an Escort if Needed
College police will escort you to your vehicle if you are walking alone at night. However, college police do not change flats or unlock vehicle doors because of liability reasons.

Know the Location of the Campus Police Office

Stay AlertBe alert on campus. Your vigilance is essential to preventing crime. College police cannot be everywhere at once; they depend on you to recognize and report suspicious or criminal activity. “If you see something (suspicious), say something,” says Michael Horak, director and chief of College Police at Eastfield College.