Campus Safety: Your Part

Misericordia University's picturesque campus, located on a wooded eighty-acre hillside, creates an impression of tranquility and serenity. Within this setting, one can easily forget the problems and dangers of society. An apathetic attitude can compromise safety and welcome criminal activity. Students must understand their responsibility in personal safety issues. Campus Safety is a cooperative venture. The Campus Safety Department needs the help of every member of the College community in making

Misericordia University a safer campus. Please consider and incorporate the following safety suggestions in your daily activities:

When Walking

  • Walk with someone else. Two is good, but three or more is better.
  • Use the University Escort Service.
  • Be alert, observant and aware of your surroundings and other people near you.
  • Plan your route before you leave and be aware of the location of emergency phones.
  • Avoid dark or isolated areas such as cemeteries, parking lots and alleys.
  • Carry only a small amount of cash in your purse, briefcase or backpack.
  • Do not carry mace or other personal protection chemicals, since it can be used against you.
  • Use a route traveled by numerous people.
  • Walk purposefully, briskly and keep moving.

If You Sense a Potential Threat

  • Think first, then react.
  • Join any group of nearby people.
  • Go to a well lighted place and contact the Campus Safety Department.
  • If a threat is imminent and people are nearby, yell and scream to attract attention and run toward any crowd.
  • If you observe someone else in trouble, call the Department of Campus Safety immediately.

While Driving

  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • If you are threatened, sound your horn and drive away.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • If you observe someone else in distress, do not stop; go to a phone and call for assistance.
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled in a remote area without the possibility of seeking help, raise the hood, remain seated in your locked vehicle. If someone else offers help, ask that they call for assistance.
  • Anticipate darkness and park in an area which will be well lit and not deserted when you return to the vehicle.
  • Have your keys ready as you approach your car, and before entering check the rear seat.

In Residence Halls

  • Keep your door locked at all times.
  • Do not admit strangers into your room or hall.
  • Find out who's knocking before opening your door.
  • Do not leave rooms or residence doors propped open for a friend, delivery person or for any other reason.
  • Do not lend keys to your room or vehicle. If your keys are stolen or lost, report the loss to Residence Life as soon as possible.
  • Leave lights on when you go out at night. If your lights are out on return, be on the alert, especially if you left them on. Be safe and call a Residence Life staff member or Campus Safety.

Theft Protection

  • When valuables are left unattended and there is minimal chance of detection, any item left in plain view can be stolen. To reduce the chance of theft, make it difficult and risky for the thief.
  • Keep your valuables locked up and out of view.
  • Lock your room, even if you are leaving for just a few minutes.
  • Close and lock your windows.
  • Require identification and authorization from all service people.
  • Keep your key with you in the shower.
  • Do not prop open doors, even for authorized persons.
  • Report defective locks and lost or stolen keys immediately to Campus Safety.
  • If you label your keys, use a code.
  • Lock your windows when you leave. Look for broken or open windows when you return. If you are suspicious, call a Residence Life staff member or Campus Safety.
  • Pull the shades or close your drapes after dark.
  • Do not dress or undress in front of an open window.
  • Hang up if you receive nuisance, obscene or prank telephone calls. Do not engage in conversation. Report these calls to a Residence Life staff member or Campus Safety.
  • Do not leave notes pinned to your door concerning your destination, how long you'll be gone, where the key is located, etc.
  • Be alert while using elevators and be careful about riding with strangers.

If You Are Faced With A Criminal

  • How you react can determine whether or not you are physically harmed. It may be useful to think ahead about how you might react to a variety of situations. If you resist a crime in which the criminal has no intention of physically assaulting you, the likelihood of personal injury is increased. The risk of injury is reduced if you cooperate.
  • Avoid sudden moves and comply as requested. Your best weapon is your ability to think clearly and rapidly. Report the crime as soon as possible to the Campus Safety Department.
  • If you think your life is in immediate danger, use any method of defense you can think of. Scream, run, fight back, use whatever is handy as a weapon. Do anything you can think of to save your life.
  • Crimes often occur in clusters. A criminal at large is a potential danger to others in the community if he remains at large. If you report a crime, you may prevent a future crime from occurring. Any activity which you feel is unusual may be a sign of criminal activity. Reporting that activity may prevent a crime against a friend, neighbor or yourself.

Signs of a Crime

  • A scream for help.
  • A strange car repeatedly driving by.
  • A broken window.
  • A stranger entering your neighbor's room or home or entering an office with no apparent business to conduct.
  • A stranger loitering in a parking area, near your residence hall or work area.
  • Someone trying to jimmy a car window.

Reporting a Crime

  • Call the Campus Safety Department and report any and all details of the incident.
  • Describe the suspect's appearance, clothing, height, weight, scars or other noticeable features.
  • Describe the location of the incident.
  • Describe the suspect's vehicle, license plate number and direction of escape.
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