Issue # 19– April 17, 2011
Safety Is An Individual Responsibility
by: Andrew Beverly, Area Director - Residence Life Apartment Area
Safety is an individual responsibility. The best way for someone to protect themselves and their possessions is by becoming a tough target. Here are a few tips on how to make yourself and your personal items a less attractive target:
· Locking your car and apartment is an important step to keeping your valuables safe. Make sure your apartment is locked even when you are home. Often if you are home with music playing or other distractions you are unaware of what is happening in other parts of the apartment. It is important to keep the exterior doors and windows locked. Locking your car is important in keeping your valuables inside the car safe. It is never a good idea to leave valuables such as IPods, GPS units, and cell phones in your car unattended; doing so with your car door unlocked makes them easy targets for theft.
· Taking care of yourself is even more important than protecting your valuables. For personal safety, becoming a tough target requires you to be aware of your surroundings and plan ahead. It is important to know the area around where you live and think about how you would handle any emergency. Do you know where the emergency Blue Lights are located around your apartment complex or along the walk to campus or to visit a friend? It is important to know how to contact Public Safety in an event that you feel threatened in any way. Blue light phones are one of the ways you can use to contact Public Safety. You can also contact public safety by phone, email, or instant messenger.
Ø RIT Public Safety Emergency Line: (585) 475-3333(v/tty)
Ø RIT Public Safety General Line & Campus Escort Service: (585) 475-2853 (v/tty)
Ø RIT Public Safety AIM: RITPUBLICSAFETY
Ø RIT Public Safety Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important to know your surroundings and be prepared with a plan if find yourself in a threatening situation. One thing you can do is attract attention to yourself. Yell, scream, or whatever it takes to attract attention to the situation. Often those who are threatening you do not want to draw attention to their actions. Finally, it is important to take action yourself. If fleeing is an option - it is always the best choice! If it means giving up your property to get away - it is always better to protect yourself then your property. One way to take action is contacting Public Safety to report any suspicious activity. Trust your gut – if something doesn’t look or feel right – contact Public Safety to come and investigate the situation.
Remember you are responsible for your own safety. No one ever wants to assume the worst but its best to be prepared. Remember to protect your valuables by locking your doors and to protect yourself by having a plan, taking action, and contacting help should you find yourself in a threatening situation.
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