Streetwise Crime Prevention
Three Basic Rules
- Do stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who’s in front of you and who’s behind you. Don’t get distracted. If you’re worried about crime, ask a friend to accompany you when you go out.
- Do communicate the message that you’re calm, confident and know where you’re going. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make quick eye contact with people around you.
- Do trust your instincts! If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situations, leave.
When walking on campus after dark, call (574) 631-5555 for an escort from the men and women of Notre Dame SafeWalk. A SafeWalk employee will meet you and walk with you to or from any point on campus. The service is free and confidential. SafeWalkers are student employees of the Security Police department, have photo-ID cards and are in radio contact with the Security Police Communication Center. Hours are 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during the academic year. After hours or during breaks, contact Security Police at (574) 631-5555 for a SafeWalk.
- Twenty-two Emergency Call Boxes have been located in peripheral parts of campus. These phones should be used to report suspicious activity or crimes.
- Plan the safest route to your destination and use it. Choose well-lighted busy pathways and streets, avoiding alleys, vacant lots or construction sites. Take a longer way if its safest.
- Know your neighborhood and the campus. Find out which buildings are open late (or early) and where you go to summon help if needed.
- Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it. Carry a wallet in an inside coat or side trouser pocket, not in the rear trouser pocket.
- Don’t flaunt expensive jewelry, clothing, or “flash” cash.
- Have your car or house key in hand and ready as you approach you vehicle or home.
- Never hitchhike.
In The Car
- Keep your car in good running condition to avoid a breakdown.
- Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips. Have enough gas and money to get there and back.
- Drive with all car doors locked. Keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
Jogging, Biking, and Other Outdoor Activities
- Vary your route and schedule.
- Avoid jogging and biking at night.
- Consider not wearing your stereo headphones.
- Wear bright reflective clothing.
- Carry some form of identification.