Campus Police - Jefferson State Community College

Campus Police - Jefferson State Community College
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WHAT IS CRIME PREVENTION?
Edmund Burke stated "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do
nothing." The best crime prevention strategy begins with the understanding that crime
prevention is the responsibility of everyone on campus. We can’t bury our heads in the
sand like an ostrich and pretend that crime doesn’t exist. It does. When you see
something that doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. Call the Police and let us know what
you saw. When you fail to call, the bad guy gets away with his criminal act. Simply said,
Evil won. Do your part. When you see suspicious activity, report it.
JEFFERSON STATE POLICE DISPATCH - 856-6093
Text Messages may be sent to 616-2870
Anonymous tips can be phoned in to 856-7777
HOW DO I FIND A SAFE COLLEGE TO ATTEND?
These are some general questions that prospective students should ask when evaluating
college or university safety and security.
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Does the institution publish campus crime information as required by the Jeanne
Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
(Campus Security Act)? If so, obtain a copy. Is the report accurate and complete?
Jefferson State Community College maintains a Criminal Activity Report at each
of the Campus Police Department Offices and on the Police Department Web
Page. Instead of listing just the crimes required by the Clery Act, we list all
criminal acts reported.
Does the campus have security guards or a fully functional Police Department?
Jefferson State Community College has a fully functional Police Department. Our
officers are not only trained, but provide training to other agencies on a regular
basis. In addition, we have security officers to protect campus property while the
campus is closed. We also have non sworn security offices that assist with
enforcing parking violations.
Does the campus Police Department conduct its’ own investigations or do they
depend on outside agencies to conduct detailed investigations? Jefferson State
Police Department conducts all of its’ own investigations. Additionally, members
of the department conduct investigative training both locally and nationally for a
variety of state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.
Is the campus public safety agency adequately resourced (staffing, equipment,
budget, training, etc.)? Jefferson State Police is staffed by twenty-two sworn
Police Officers and three security officers. The campus is staffed by Police
Officers during operating hours and is secured by security officers while the
campus is closed.
Are the members of the department appropriately trained? Many of the officers
employed by the department provide training to state, federal, and local law
enforcement agencies around the state. Training topics include criminal
investigations, crime scene investigation, and tactical operations.
Is the department empowered to enforce campus policies and/or laws? Jefferson
State Police Department is a fully functional law enforcement agency. Officers
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have full powers of arrest and regularly enforce state laws and make arrest as
needed.
Does the department have a community engagement strategy that allows officers
to interact routinely with campus community members? Officers patrol the
campus in vehicles and on foot. Officers regularly provide training to the campus
community such as self defense and crime prevention classes.
Does the campus public safety agency routinely interact with local agencies? The
Campus Police train regularly with a variety of state, local and federal law
enforcement agencies. Further, the department provides assistance to a variety of
law enforcement agencies on a routine basis.
Does the institution explore the use of new technologies that can enhance safety
and security? Jefferson State Police Department has installed and maintains a
video surveillance system which utilizes over three hundred video cameras.
Officers on patrol can view any of these cameras while patrolling in their vehicles
or working in the office.
What is the college/university approach to alcohol and other drug abuse
problems? The campus has a strict ZERO TOLLERANCE approach to illegal use of
drugs or alcohol. VIOLATORS WILL BE ARRESTED!
Does the university have an emergency management plan and team and does it
evaluate institutional response to critical incidents? Jefferson State has a
comprehensive Emergency Operation Plan. The plan is reviewed annually and a
training exercise is conducted annually to test the effectiveness of the plan.
Does the institution have a Crisis Communications Plan and is that plan widely
distributed to campus community members? All members of the campus
community are encouraged to participate in the e-2 Campus Emergency
Notification System. During emergency events, emergency notifications can be
sent to the campus community via text messages, face book, twitter. Additionally,
emergency messages can be sent to alertus beacons which are mounted in the
hallways of each academic buildings and two all of the computers logged into
the campus network system.
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PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS
PROTECTING PERSONAL PROPERTY
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Never leave your property unattended. The most common item stolen
on college campuses is text books. In order to recover the stolen property, we
must be able to identify it to the exclusion on all others of the same type and
kind. Writing your name in the textbook is the most common method of identifying
your property. Instead of writing your name in the on the outside of the text
book, we suggest that you choose two pages in the book to write your name. A
common method of choosing what page to select
is to use your birthday. If
your birth day is December 23, write your name on pages 12 and 23.
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Always lock your doors before leaving your car.
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Keep a list of our credit card account numbers and emergency number to
notify the company incase the cards are stolen.
CELL PHONE PROTECTION
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Carry your phone with you whenever possible and make sure it is in a safe place
whenever you leave it behind. If you are leaving your phone in your car, be sure it
is hidden from view.
Turn off your phone when you are not using it.
Request a personal identification number.
Use the "lock" feature on your phone.
Report a stolen cellular telephone immediately to the cellular telephone carrier
and Police.
Check your monthly bills carefully, and report unfamiliar calls to your cellular
phone company.
Do not give out your electronic serial number or even your phone number to
strangers, including callers who represent themselves as technicians testing your
line.
Keep your subscriber agreement, which includes your electronic serial number, in
a secure location.
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KNOW HOW TO CALL CAMPUS POLICE
POLICE DISPATCH – (205) 856-6093
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Keep the emergency phone numbers near your phones (stickers, magnets, etc.).
Program emergency phone numbers into your personal cell phone.
Learn where the campus emergency telephones (Blue Light Telephones) are
located on campus and learn how to use them.
Learn where other emergency telephones are located throughout campus
(chemistry labs. woodworking areas, etc.).
Insure that you are subscribed to the campus mass notification system on campus
(e-2 campus).
WALKING AROUND CAMPUS
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Familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus. Survey the campus while
classes are in session and after dark to see that academic buildings, walkways,
facilities, and parking lots are adequately secured and well-lighted.
Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and
streets.
Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends and give them
your telephone numbers.
At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or
“short cuts” through isolated areas.
Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
Use the campus escort or shuttle services at night.
Know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus and learn how to
use them.
If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business or
home; knock on the door, and request that someone call the Police. Note the
description of the person following you.
Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential
concealment.
Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to
return.
Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
Carry your purse close to your body. If a purse snatcher attempts to take your
purse, let him have it. Personal property can be replaced. Human lives can’t!
Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that
restrict your movements.
Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.
Jefferson State Police Department stations officers in the parking lots while
classes are being dismissed.
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MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY
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Obtain a parking decal from Campus Police. The charge for the decal is included
in your fees. The decal allows officers to identify vehicles that don’t belong on
campus. This allows us to disrupt criminal activity before it occurs.
Park in well lighted areas, where your vehicle is visible; avoid parking next to
vans or trucks.
Keep all items out of sight, especially valuables; remove or place CD
players/cases, etc. in the truck.
Service your vehicle regularly to avoid breakdowns.
Keep your vehicle locked at all times.
Consider “The CLUB” or an alarm system.
When leaving your car for service, remove your other keys.
Have your key ready when you approach your car. Before getting in, check inside
and under your car to make sure no one is hiding.
WHEN DRIVING
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Carry a cell phone.
Never let fuel level get below ¼ tank.
Drive on well traveled streets and keep your car in gear while it is stopped. Allow
at least one car length space between your car and the car in front of you so that
you can escape should someone try to get into your car.
Always be aware of your surroundings and check your rear view mirror often.
Keep doors locked and windows shut and keep valuables out of sight; either
covered or in the trunk.
If your car breaks down, open the hood and stay inside. If someone stops to help,
do not open your window or door, but have him or her call for assistance.
If you do not know the location of your destination, ask someone for specific
directions before you leave.
If you get lost, do not pull over until you find a well-lit public area, and then call
the police.
If you suspect you are being followed, drive to a well-lit public area and call the
police.
Always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle with first aid supplies, flares,
flashlight, jumper cables, blanket, etc.
Never pick up hitchhikers.
Beware of people who yell, honk, and point at your car as if something is wrong; if
your car breaks down, stay inside and lock the doors. If anyone approaches to
help, crack the window and ask them to call the Police. Ask uniformed people to
show identification.
Beware of people who motion and ask you to stop and lend assistance; if you
want to assist someone whose car has broken down, go to the nearest phone or
use your cell phone and call the Police.
Beware of people who may bump your vehicle from behind; if you think you were
bumped intentionally, signal the other driver to follow you to the nearest police
station.
If a person with a weapon confronts you and wants your vehicle, give it up. No car
is worth being injured or losing your life over.
If traveling in an unknown area leave enough space between your vehicle and
the one in front of you to allow room to drive around it if necessary.
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ROAD RAGE
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Do not take your eyes off the road.
Avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver.
Stay cool; don't react to provocation.
Distance yourself from drivers behaving erratically.
Do not make obscene gestures.
Use your horn sparingly.
Keep to the right except to pass; don't block passing lane.
Do not switch lanes without signaling.
Avoid blocking the right-hand turn lane.
Do not take more than one parking space.
If you are not disabled, don't park in a disabled space.
Be careful to not allow your door to hit the car parked next to you.
Do not tailgate.
Avoid unnecessary use of high beam headlights.
Do not become distracted by a cell phone, CD players, GPS system, etc.
Do not stop in the road to talk with a pedestrian or other driver.
Do not expose neighboring cars or others with loud or inappropriate music.
Assume other drivers' mistakes are not personal.
Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver isn't.
Avoid all conflict if possible. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath
and get out of the way.
Lower your stress by allowing plenty of time for the trip, listening to soothing
music, etc.
Understand that you can't control the traffic, only your reaction to it.
If you are followed, either drive to the nearest police station or call 911 on your
cell phone.
Finally, if you are tempted to drive irrationally, ask yourself: "Is it worth being
killed? Is it worth going to jail?"
SAFE WALKING, JOGGING OR RUNNING
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Plan your outing in advance and walk/jog/run in familiar areas.
Go with a known companion if possible.
Carry identification.
Don’t wear jewelry or carry cash.
Avoid secluded or dimly lighted areas.
Avoid going after dark.
Always face the traffic.
If you’re being followed, cross the street or change directions; keep looking back
and get a good description of the person.
If you’re still being followed, go to the nearest house or business and call the
Police.
Wear bright colors to improve your visibility.
Change your route and schedule.
Avoid bushes where a person could hide. Take a key with you; do not leave your
house or room unlocked; someone could be watching to see when you are not
home.
Carry your cell phone, a whistle or shrill alarm to summon help.
Keep the volume on your headphones/earphones for an IPod, walkman, low so
you can hear people around you.
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IF YOU ARE ATTACKED
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Go with your instincts, but be realistic about your ability to fight off someone;
your instinct may be to run, scream, kick, hit or bite. However you decide to
respond, be sure you do so with full commitment of your effort.
If a weapon is displayed, don’t resist. Give up your property and save your life
however throw the property as far as possible away from you and run in the
opposite direction.
Do what you are told and don’t make any sudden moves.
Try to remember as many details as possible and alert Public Safety or the Police
as soon as possible.
Your goal should be to escape safety and survive; cooperate if you think that
resisting may lead to further harm however do not enter a vehicle with the
perpetrator. Your chances of survival are reduced once you are inside.
Remember every situation is different; you are the only one that can decide the
appropriate course of action.
Constantly play the “what if” game to think about what you would do in a
particular threatening situation. This will help prepare you to respond
instinctively when a threat is encountered.
After an event, never feel guilty about what you did or did not do.
BICYCLE SAFETY AND PROTECTION
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Use a bike light when riding a bicycle at night.
Wear a helmet at all times when riding a bicycle.
Obey all traffic laws; you must stop at intersections; pedestrians have the right of
way.
Pay attention to your surroundings; warn pedestrians when you are passing them.
Take extra care when passing parking lot exits or driving through parking lots.
Give proper hand signals when turning or stopping.
Before leaving a lane, give a hand signal. Leave the lane only when safe to do so.
Secure your bicycle with a heavy duty U-lock or chain. When possible, lock at
least your front wheel and frame to a bike rack or other stationary object.
Do not park your bicycle in a doorway, on stairs, or blocking any handicapped
access. Use a bike rack.
Engrave or permanently mark your bicycle with an identifying number and record
that number with Public Safety or the Police.
CYBER SECURITY
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Never give your password to anyone.
Change your password frequently.
Do not allow others access to your e-mail account.
Monitor your access time; by keeping track of when and how long you were on a
computer system, it will be obvious if someone has gained access to your
account.
Be wary of anonymous “re-mailers”.
Do not put personal information or photos on your web page and do not give
personal information that can identify where you live to social networking sites.
Never leave your computer/laptop unattended.
Engrave markings on your computer.
Shop online only with companies that you know; check with the Better Business
Bureau if unsure.
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Use a secure browser that will encrypt or scramble purchase information or pay
with a money order or check.
Update your virus software regularly, or when new versions are available.
Do not download files sent to you by strangers or click on hyper links from people
you don’t know.
Make certain that all your personal information is deleted from your computer
prior to disposing of it.
Monitor your children’s internet access and consider installing blocking software.
DESCRIBING A SUSPECT OR A VEHICLE
Date
Time
Location
Direction of Travel
Weapon
Suspect Information:
Male/Female
Adult/Juvenile/Approximate Age
Race
Height/Weight
Hair Color
Eye Color
Mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair
Tattoos, scars or other identifying marks
Gait, limp or amputations
Clothing:
Hat
Glasses
Shirt type/color
Pants type/color
Shoes
Automobile Information:
Make/Model
Color
Year
Body style (2-door, 4-door, convertible, truck, etc.)
License plate number
Distinguishing features (spoiler, racing stripes, tinting, damage, etc.)
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EVERYDAY LIVING
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Attend a self-defense / crime prevention course offered by the Campus Police
Keep emergency numbers programmed in your phone. Better yet; remember
them!
Lock all doors and windows every time you leave your office/apartment/home,
even if you plan to be gone for just a minute.
Do not lend your keys to service/maintenance people you do not know well.
Always ask service/maintenance people to identify themselves before allowing
them to enter your room/apartment/home.
Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other.
Do not keep large sums of money, jewelry, or valuable items in plain view in your
room/apartment/home.
When out of town, set radios, lights, and televisions on timers.
Try to avoid entering elevators occupied by strangers. If you are waiting for an
elevator with a stranger, stand away from the door to avoid being pushed inside.
Get off on the next floor if you feel uneasy. Hit the alarm button if you are
accosted on an elevator.
Report any broken or malfunctioning locks to the facilities department.
Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas; use well-lit routes.
Avoid walking/jogging/running alone, especially at night. Ask a friend to go with
you. Call Public Safety to accompany you around campus during evening hours.
Dress in clothes and shoes that will not hamper movement.
Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid wearing headsets that
impair your ability to detect and respond to potentially dangerous situations.
Report suspicious activity or noises immediately.
Carry a noise-making device with you at all times, and use it if you suspect you
are in danger. Move to a lit area or building and raise a commotion. Call 911 or
activate a blue light emergency phone in the event of an emergency.
IF YOU SENSE TROUBLE
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Move away from the potential threat if possible; cross the street and increase
your pace.
Join a group of people nearby.
If a threatening situation is imminent and people are close by, yell, scream or do
whatever you can to get their attention. Remember, dialing 911 and or/activating
a fire alarm are both part of the personal safety system. 911 calls are free from
most pay phones, and blue light emergency phones are usually located in many
areas on campus and simply require a push of a button to notify emergency
services of your situation.
If you are facing an armed criminal, you may minimize the risk of injury to
yourself if you comply with the criminal's demands. However, if your life is in
immediate danger, use any defense you can to get away.
Dial 911 immediately and give a description of the suspect
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OBSCENE AND ANNOYING PHONE CALLS
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Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Do not try to find out who
the caller is, even if you think it is a friend playing a joke.
Use your answering machine to screen calls. You can also record an obscene
phone call with the memo feature on some answering machines.
If the calls occur frequently, keep a log of exactly when the call was received and
what both parties said. Describe the type of voice and note any background
noises.
Consider changing your phone number and depersonalizing your answering
machine message.
Consider purchasing a machine that requires an access code before your phone
will ring.
If the calls continue, contact the law enforcement agency that serves the location
in which the call was received.
AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINES
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Try to use ATMs during daylight hours. If you must go at night, do not go alone.
Avoid ATMs that are not well lit or clearly visible from the street.
Be aware of people loitering or sitting in cars around ATMs.
Prepare your transaction ahead of time. Do not spend much time at the machine.
Do not give out your Personal Identification Number (PIN) to anyone! Many
thieves will attempt to steal your PIN number by calling you on the phone and
claiming they are the police, security officers, or bank officers. Memorize it and
do not keep a written copy of it in your wallet.
Either keep your ATM receipt or tear it up and throw it away.
PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM IDENTITY THEFT
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Destroy private records and statements. Destroy credit card statements,
solicitations and other documents that contain any private information. Shred this
paperwork using a "cross-cut" shredder so thieves can't find your data when they
rummage through your garbage. Also, don't leave a paper trail; never leave ATM,
credit card or gas station receipts behind.
Secure your mail. Empty your mailbox quickly, lock it or get a P.O. Box so
criminals don't have a chance to steal credit card offers. Never mail outgoing bill
payments and checks from an unsecured mailbox, especially at home. They can
be stolen from your mailbox and the payee's name erased with solvents. Mail
them from the post office or another secure location.
Safeguard your Social Security number. Never carry your card with you, or any
other card that may have your number, like a health insurance card or school
issued ID. Don't put your number on your checks; your SSN is the primary target
for identity thieves because it gives them access to your credit report and bank
accounts. There are very few entities that can actually demand your SSN - the
Department of Motor Vehicles, for example. Also, SSNs are required for
transactions involving taxes, so that means banks, brokerages, employers, and the
like also have a legitimate need for your SSN.
Safeguard your computer. Protect your computer from viruses and spies. Use
complicated passwords; frequently update antivirus software and spyware. Surf
the Web cautiously. Shop only at trustworthy web sites and be wary of obscure
sites or any site you've never used before.
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Know who you're dealing with. Whenever you are contacted, either by phone or email, by individuals identifying themselves as banks, credit card or e-commerce
companies and asked for private identity or financial information, do not respond.
Legitimate companies do not contact you and ask you to provide personal data
such as PINs, user names and passwords or bank account information over the
phone or Internet. If you think the request is legitimate, contact the company
yourself by calling customer service using the number on your account statement
or in the telephone book and confirm what you were told before revealing any of
your personal data.
Take your name off marketers' hit lists. In addition to the national Do Not Call
Registry (1-888-382-1222 or https://www.donotcall.gov), you also can reduce
credit card solicitations for five years by contacting an opt-out service run by the
three major credit bureaus: (888) 5-OPT OUT or
https://www.optoutprescreen.com. You'll need to provide your Social Security
number as an identifier.
Guard your personal information. Ask questions whenever anyone asks you for
personal data. How will the information be used? Why must I provide this data?
Ask anyone who does require your Social Security number, for instance, cell
phone providers, what their privacy policy is and whether you can arrange for the
organization not to share your information with anyone else.
Monitor your credit report. Each year, obtain and thoroughly review your credit
report from the three major credit bureaus; Equifax (800-685-1111), Experian
(883-397-3742) and TransUnion (800-680-4213) or at
https://www.annualcreditreport.com) to look for suspicious activity. If you spot
something, alert your card company or the creditor immediately.
Review your bank and credit card statements carefully. Look for unauthorized
charges or withdrawals and report them immediately. Make sure you recognize
the merchants, locations and purchases listed before paying the bill. If you don't
need or use department store or bank-issued credit cards, consider closing the
accounts.
Keep track of your billing dates/cycles and follow up with creditors if you don’t
receive bills/statements on time.
Use random letters and numbers for passwords; don’t use your mother’s maiden
name, your birth date, your graduation date, your social security number or any
other familiar letters or numbers that can be associated with you as passwords.
Be aware of how ID thieves can get your information. They get information from
businesses or other institutions by stealing records, bribing employees with
access to records, hacking into computers, rummaging through trash, posing as a
landlord, employer, or someone else who may have a legal right to the
information, stealing credit and debit card numbers as your card is processed by
using a special information storage device ("skimming"), stealing wallets and
purses containing identification and credit or bank cards, stealing mail, including
bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, new checks, or tax
information or completing a "change of address form" to divert your mail to
another location.
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IF YOUR IDENTITY IS STOLEN
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Contact the fraud departments of each of the three major credit bureaus. Tell
them that you're an identity theft victim. Request that a "fraud alert" be placed in
your file, along with a victim's statement asking that creditors call you before
opening any new accounts or changing your existing accounts.
1). Equifax To report fraud: 1-800-525-6285 (P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA
30374-0241,
2). Experian To report fraud: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742) (P.O. Box 9532,
Allen, TX 75013), and
3). TransUnion To report fraud: 1-800-680-7289 (Fraud Victim Assistance
Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92634)
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Contact the creditors for any accounts that have been tampered with or opened
fraudulently. Speak with someone in the security/fraud department of each
creditor, and follow up with a letter.
If your Social Security number has been used illegally, contact the Social Security
Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.
File a report with Public Safety or the Police in the community where the identity
theft took place. Get a copy of the police report in case the bank, credit-card
company, or others need proof of the crime.
Keep records of everything involved in your efforts to clear up fraud, including
copies of written correspondence and records of telephone calls.
COMPUTER SCAMS
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Computer phishing is a crime. Phishers attempt to fraudulently acquire credit
card details and other sensitive personal data via bogus e-mail or pop-up
windows. It may look like a legitimate e-mail from a legitimate institution, but
beware of unsolicited requests for information.
Financial or payment institutions will never request that you send them personal
sensitive data via e-mail or pop up windows.
If you receive a suspicious looking e-mail from any bank, lending, or payment
institution, it is best to delete and not respond. If, by coincidence, you have an
account with the entity mentioned in the e-mail, call your legitimate institution
using the number on your physical bill or via the telephone book or through
telephone information.
Do not call the number that may be listed in the bogus e-mail and do not click on
any link listed in the bogus e-mail
CON ARTIST
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If a deal sounds too good to be true; it probably is.
Be wary of any get rich quick scheme that wants you to invest money in advance.
Never give out your credit card information over the phone unless you made the
call.
Do not buy on the spur of the moment; take time to research the company or
product.
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If you are approached by a possible con artist or unauthorized solicitor, report
the incident immediately to Public Safety or the Police.
USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
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Try to avoid isolated bus or train stops and times when few people are around.
Stay away from the curb until bus/train arrives.
Have the exact fare or ticket/pass ready as you board the bus.
If possible, sit near the driver and notify him or her of any problems.
A crowded bus is a prime target for pick pockets; carry your bags close and carry
your wallet in your coat or front pant pocket.
If someone is bothering or harassing you, move to another seat location and/or
tell the person in a loud voice to “STAY AWAY”.
Don’t fall asleep on a bus or shuttle.
Remain on the bus/train if you are uncomfortable with getting off.
HOME SECURITY
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All windows should be secured with anti-slide devices.
Secure sliding glass doors with a lock or bar, or place a piece of wood or broom
handle in the track.
Move valuables so they cannot be seen from porch windows.
Never leave a house key hidden outside your home.
Install a wide-angle door viewer on all main doors.
Fasten air conditioners units securely to the windowsill or window frame so they
can’t be removed from the outside.
Mid and high-rise residents should release the front door only to visitors who
positively identify themselves.
Arrange for an unlisted telephone number.
Do not put your name on the outside of your residence mailbox and do not leave
notes on outside doors.
Limit the amount of landscaping near your windows or doors to eliminate
possible areas of concealment.
Consider a bank safety deposit box or fire-proof safe for valuable documents and
items.
THEFT PROTECTION
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When leaving your dorm room, home, or office, lock doors and windows even if
you will be gone for "just a minute."
Never leave your purse, wallet, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be
especially careful with your credit cards, which are very popular items among
thieves because they are usually easy to steal and then use again. Consider
obtaining a credit card with your photo imprinted on it.
Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft. Consider
the purchase of a locking security or tracking device.
Contact Public Safety to borrow engravers; engrave computers, stereos, and
televisions with your driver's license number (including home state) or
department name. Do not engrave on removable serial number plates.
Keep a list of all items and serial numbers in a safe place.
Never prop open a locked door.
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If you’re working late, let someone know where you are and how long you expect
to be; or better yet, plan in advance to have a co-worker stay with you.
Keep your purse or wallet locked in a drawer or filing cabinet at all times.
Politely ask strangers who they are visiting and offer to help find the person; if
you are suspicious of the person contact Public Safety or the Police.
Check the identification of any maintenance or repair personnel.
Keep emergency phone numbers posted near your phone.
Know your office emergency evacuation plan.
If possible, employees should wear IDs.
Be cautious if using restrooms, elevators or stairwells that are isolated or poorly
lit; or go with a friend.
Keep money, checkbooks, or other valuable items out of sight.
Report any suspicious, threatening or alarming behavior of others to Campus
Police immediately.
Do not loan your office keys to anyone and report lost or stolen keys immediately
to Campus Police.
OFFICE EQUIPMENT
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Record the serial numbers, brand names and descriptions of property or
valuables that are kept in your office. Keep a duplicate copy of this information
and a photo of the item at another location. It can be used later to recover stolen
property.
Insure that all university property is properly engraved; for personal items,
engrave your driver's license number and home state on the item.
DETECTING SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES / LETTERS
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The item does not have to be delivered by a carrier; most bombers set up and
deliver the bomb themselves.
If delivered by carrier, inspect for lumps, bulges, or protrusions, without applying
pressure.
If delivered by carrier, balance check if lopsided or heavy sided.
Handwritten addresses or labels from companies are improper. Check to see if
the company exists and if they sent a package or letter.
Packages wrapped in string are automatically suspicious, as modern packaging
materials have eliminated the need for twine or string.
Excess postage on small packages or letters indicates that the object was not
weighed by the Post Office.
No postage or non-canceled postage.
Any foreign writing, addresses, or postage.
Handwritten notes, such as: "To Be Opened in the Privacy of", "CONFIDENTIAL",
etc.
Improper spelling of common names, places, or titles.
Generic or incorrect titles.
Leaks, stains, or protruding wires, string, tape, etc.
Hand delivered or dropped off for a friend packages or letters.
No return address or nonsensical return address.
Any letters or packages arriving before or after a phone call from an unknown
person asking if the item was received.
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Letter and Package Bomb Indicators
ACTIVE SHOOTER WORKPLACE /CAMPUS VIOLENCE
If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the area and started
shooting; the following are a list of actions that are recommended:
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Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.
Notify Public Safety or Police.
Give the following information:
a. Your name
b. Your phone number
c. Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
d. Number of shooters
e. Identification of shooter
f. Number of persons who may be involved
g. Your location
If exiting the building/area is not possible, the following actions are recommended:
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Close and lock the door.
If unable to lock the door, use a wedge device or heavy furniture to block the
door; a belt or other objects may be able to wedge the door shut.
Cover the door windows.
Depending upon the shooters location, exit out the window quietly and quickly.
Stay low, move away from the door, keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
DO NOT answer the door.
Notify the Public Safety or Police.
Provide information as needed.
Wait for the Police to assist your exit from the building:
a. Follow all instructions by police officers
b. Police may not know if the shooter is hiding among you, therefore police may search
you and your belongings for everyone's safety.
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Run for an exit in a zigzagging pattern, or
Attack the shooter.
Dating Safety
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Trust your instincts. Check out a first date or blind date with friends first. Better
yet, go with other friends on your first date.
Always have a plan to get yourself home. Carry money for a taxi or public
transportation in case your date is cut short; bring a cell phone also.
Know what you want sexually and don’t send mixed messages.
Trust your instincts about situations to avoid.
Be clear and responsible in your communications with others. If you are getting a
double message-or if the person is in no condition to give consent –don’t have sex
Be forceful, firm and assertive. Don’t worry about being polite if someone is not
respecting your wishes.
If you go out with other friends, don’t get separated; watch out for each other.
Do not lose self control or impair your judgment by the use or abuse of alcohol or
drugs.
“No” means “NO”. It does not mean maybe.
If someone is unable to give consent it is called sexual assault or rape.
Never be drawn in to a gang rape situation.
On line dating
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Never give personal information to people that you don’t know (name, home
address, phone number, etc.).
If you decide to talk to someone on the phone don’t give out your number; call
them and use caller ID block.
Use a nickname in chat rooms or message boards.
Meet chat friends in public places and with other friends; take a cell phone with
you.
Never go to someone’s room, apartment or house that you just met.
Drink Safely
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Not drinking is an option.
Intoxication seriously impairs your physical and mental abilities and makes you
an easy target for becoming a crime victim.
Drinking impairs our ability to make good decisions concerning our safety.
Individuals and groups under the influence of alcohol will do many dangerous or
illegal things that sober people would never consider.
If you drink, don’t drive; always have a designated driver.
If you have problems when you drink, you are probably a problem drinker.
Alcoholism is a disease; if you or someone close to you needs help, contact your
Counseling Center, Health Center, Public Safety or Police department to
determine your best available resource.
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Never leave your drink unattended.
Never accept a drink from anyone but the server at the bar.
Attend parties with friends and look out for one another.
If you think your drink has been tampered with, let someone know and go directly
to the hospital.
Control your amount of drinking.
Never drink and drive; always have a Designated Driver!
If you are a victim/survivor of sexual assault or rape
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Seek help immediately. Call 911 IMEDIATELY!
REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT AT FAULT! Do not feel guilty or try to forget what
happened; it is a crime and should be reported.
Do not shower, wash or change clothing; valuable evidence could be destroyed.
Get medical attention as soon as possible, preferably within 72 hours for physical
injuries sustained, sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) pregnancy prevention (if
applicable), and the collection and preservation of evidence crucial to pursuing
criminal action.
If you think you’ve been assaulted while under the influence of an unknown drug
(GHB, etc.) seek help immediately. Try not to urinate before providing a urine
sample and if possible collect any glasses that you drank from.
Seek counseling and support to deal with emotional trauma; RAINN (The Rape
Abuse Incest National Network) or your local Rape Crisis Service, Public Safety or
the Police will be able to assist with determining the best available resources.
Preparing your Home for Vacation
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Lock doors and windows securely.
Turn your telephone ringers down low so a burglar won't be alerted to your
absence by its ringing.
Make your house/apartment look occupied; have a friend or neighbor pick up
your mail and newspapers, set televisions and lights on timers, leave your blinds,
shades, and curtains in their normal positions, and keep your lawn mowed and
watered.
Leave your vacation phone number, address, and itinerary with a trusted friend so
you can be reached in case of an emergency.
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Studying or Traveling Abroad
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Gain as much information as possible about the county that you will be traveling
to.
Visit the following websites:
http://www.travel.state.gov (Overview)
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html (Entry Requirements)
www.travel.state.gov/consularnotification. (Consular Information Sheets)
www.cdc.gov/travel (Inoculation Requirements)
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Check your medical health insurance coverage.
Make two extra copies of all your travel information (passport, airline tickets,
etc.); leave one set at home with a relative or close friend and take a copy with
you.
Know your credit card limits.
Make certain that a trusted family member is aware of the location of all your
legal papers; legal will, insurance documents, mortgage information, internet/cell
phone passwords, etc.
Leave valuable or expensive looking jewelry at home.
Do not bring large amounts of cash; use traveler’s checks or credit cards.
Take a list of all important telephone numbers (family, U.S. Embassy and
Consulate, campus emergency numbers).
When you arrive, secure a copy of your important information in a safe and
secure location.
Bring an extra pair of prescription glasses.
Pack your medical prescriptions in their original containers.
Mark all luggage on the inside and outside with your name, address and
telephone number; if possible cover your outside luggage tags.
Keeping Kids Safe
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Teach kids how to use the telephone for emergencies.
Help kids memorize important phone numbers.
Teach kids to not talk or play with someone they don’t know.
Teach kids to not accept a ride or gifts from someone they don’t know.
Make sure your kids know where to go for an emergency.
Instruct your kids to tell you if anyone touches or speaks to them in a way that
makes them feel uncomfortable.
Know where your kids are, who they are with, and when they will be back.
Enroll your kids in a first aid or babysitting course.
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Parenting About Alcohol and Drugs
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Learn about the current alcohol and drugs of choice and talk to your kids.
Listen; let them share their feelings and experiences.
Learn the laws and remind them of the consequences of getting caught.
Refer your kids for medical and physiological evaluations as necessary.
Helping a Crime Victim
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Don’t blame or judge the victim.
Let the victim know that you are sorry for what happened.
Offer the support of a professional counselor.
Tend to the immediate physical or emotional needs of the victim.
Do not disturb any crime scenes.
Offer to support the victim if they decide to contact the police.
Listen to the victim if they are willing to talk about the crime.
Help with transportation, babysitting, cooking or other everyday needs.
Offer to accompany the victim to the police station, hospital or courts.
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him/her later.
REMEMBER; A Safe Campus Is Everyone’s Responsibility!
Holiday Safety
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Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so it’s
easily visible from the street. It’s too tempting for a potential criminal to smash
the window and grab the wrapped packages.
Don’t advertise that your not a home. Burglars look for occupancy cues like
outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers, mail, or advertising
flyers hanging on the door knob.
After Christmas day, don’t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computer, DVD
player, or stereo receiver on the street for the garbage man. Burglars appreciate
knowing that you have expensive gifts inside for them to steal. Break the boxes
down or cut them up to conceal the items better.
Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to
your surroundings.
Lock your packages in the trunk of your car while shopping. If you drive a SUV
cover the packages with a blanket so they are not visible from outside of the
vehicle.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check, credit card,
or debit card when possible.
Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "conartists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking
your money or belongings.
NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE
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