Basic Crime Prevention Tips

WALKING

  1. Avoid traveling alone after dark
  2. Confine walking to well lighted, regularly traveled walks and pathways.
  3. Do not hitchike or accept rides from casual acquaintances.
  4. When walking to your vehicle or residence, have your keys ready in your hand.

DRIVING

  1. Do not pick up hitchikers.
  2. Travel on well lighted heavily traveled roadways.
  3. Keep your vehicle doors and windows locked.
  4. If your vehicle breaks down or you need assistance, stay inside your locked vehicle and sound your horn and flash your lights until assistance arrives.

OFFICES AND LABORATORIES

  1. Keep all offices and laboratories locked when not in use.
  2. Make sure all locking devices are in proper working order.
  3. Utilize a key control system.

     

    Contact Public Safety for additional information.
  4. Do not label keys with their use.
  5. Lock all desk, cabinets, etc. when not in use.
  6. Secure all office equipment.

     

    Contact Public Safety for additional information.
  7. Avoid bringing valuable personal property with you.
  8. Lock up pocketbooks, wallets and other valuables.
  9. Report all suspicious persons to the Department of Public Safety.

RESIDENCE HALLS

  1. Keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
  2. Do not put your name and address on key rings.
  3. Report all lost keys immediately to the Department of Public Safety.
  4. Do not open any doors for persons you are unfamiliar with.
  5. If you receive obscene or harassing telephone calls, notify the Department of Public Safety.
  6. If you find that your room as been entered, do not go inside.  If you are already inside, do not touch anything.  In both instances, notify the Department of Public Safety.
  7. If you see a suspicious person or vehilce on campus, obtain a description and license plate number and contact the Department of Public Safety.

Most of the thefts in the residence halls of Fairleigh Dickinson University are larcenies.  Larcenies are crimes of opportunity and occur when property is unlocked and unattended.  To avoid this problem, the Department of Public Safety makes the following suggestions:

  1. Avoid bringing large amounts of cash or other valuables to campus or your residency.
  2. Keep items of  value out of sight.
  3. Never lend the key to your residency.
  4. When leaving for vacations and intercessions, take all items of value home with you.
  5. Participate in Operation Identification.  Contact Public Safety for additional information.

BICYCLES

  1. Invest in a good bicycle lock or strong padlock.
  2. Always lock your bicycle.
  3. Whenever possible keep your bicycle inside.
  4. Participate in Operation Identification.  Contact Public Safety for additional information.

MOTOR VEHICLES

  1. Report all suspicious persons or vehicles seen around parking areas to the Department of Public Safety.
  2. Always keep your vehicle locked and the windows rolled up tight.
  3. Never leave your vehicle running when unattended.
  4. When parking, choose a well lighted heavily trafficked area.
  5. Packages, luggage, and other valuables should be locked in the trunk.
  6. Stereo tape players and CB radios should be mounted either out of sight or with slide-out brackets.
  7. When leaving the vehicle parked for extended periods such as intercession, the following precautions can be taken to immobilize it:
          A.  Disconnect the battery and lock it in the trunk.
          B.  Remove the distributor coil wire.
  8. Consider the installation of anti theft devices such as alarm systems, hidden ignition switch protectors, steering wheel to brake pedal bar locks, tapered door lock buttons and locks on hoods and accessory items such as gas caps, mag wheels, spare tires, etc.
  9. Participate in Operation Identification.  Contact Public Safety for additional information. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Your involvement is essential to the prevention of crime on campus.  The burden of crime prevention rests not only with the Department of Public Safety, but with each member of the Fairleigh Dickinson University community.

The Department of Public Safety is dependent upon you to recognize and report incidents of suspicious and criminal activity.  The extent of your cooperation will greatly influence the Public Safety Department's effectiveness in combating crime.  Doing your part means:

  1. Being aware of your vulnerability and following the suggestions outlined in this pamphlet to protect yourself and your property.
  2. Being alert for suspcious of criminal activity and conditions that may represent a hazard to the campus community.
  3. Getting involved by becoming more security conscious and by reporting all incidents of criminal or suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety.

Remember that unreported crimes cannot be solved and by not reporting crimes, you allow the perpetrators an opportunity to commit additional and perhaps more serious crimes.

Many times the solving of crimes depends upon how accurately and promptly the incident is reported.  Therefore, when reporting an incident, it is important that you are able to provide as much of the following  information as possible.

  1. Nature of the incident.
  2. When and where the incident occurred.
  3. Description of persons involved:  names, sex, race, age, height, hair style and color, distinctive characteristics such as facial hair, scars, glasses, clothing, etc.
  4. Direction and method of travel.
  5. Vehicles involved:  color, type, make, model, license plate number and state, distinctive characteristics such as decals, damage, number of occupants, etc.
  6. Description of stolen property:  item, make, model number, serial number, value, color, dimensions, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

GENERAL TELEPHONE NUMBER
(201) 692-2222
ADMINISTRATION
(201) 692-2227
FACSIMILE
(201) 692-2179

FROM ANY CAMPUS TELEPHONE YOU CAN DIAL 66 TO REACH PUBLIC SAFETY.

IF AT ANY TIME YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS, QUESTIONS OR SUGGESTIONS REGARDING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE DIRECTOR.