For many of you living on campus this is your first extended time away from
residence halls will quickly feel like home -- but you have to
remember that you are not home.
of you will doubtless bring various items of your personal property, from
cash and credit cards to iPod's to personal computers, all of which are easy targets for a
criminal. Most of the crimes that
occur in the residence halls throughout the nation are thefts of personal property.
At CCSU we find that in almost every
case the victim's room is unlocked and unoccupied at the time of the theft.
some helpful hints to help you reduce the chances of becoming the "victim of a
Do not prop open
any exterior locked residence hall door. Even though propping the doors
makes it easier for you to get back into the residence halls, you also
have made it easier for unauthorized people to enter the building. You
don’t know whom you may be letting in, so for the safety of you and others
in the residence halls, do not prop open any exterior doors!
Lock your door when you leave and take your keys with you, no matter how
long you will be gone-even when you go to the bathroom. It only takes a
few seconds to be "ripped off".
Lock your door when you and/or your roommate are sleeping.
Do not leave notes on your door telling the world that no one is in or
when you will return. It's an open invitation for theft.
Keep wallets, purses, checkbooks and jewelry out of sight and locked up if
possible. Do not keep large sums of money on hand, and routinely check
your checkbook to see if any checks are missing.
Keep a record of all your valuable items, noting description, serial
number and approximate value of the items. In some cases you should
consider taking pictures of them. These records should be kept in a secure
Check with your parents' insurance company to see if your property is
covered under their homeowner’s policy while you're living at
Do not loan your room key, curfew key, or access control care to anyone.
Do not attach your keys to your University ID. It's another invitation for
Do not allow strangers into your room.
Do not open your door unless you know who is on the other side, especially
Do not allow door-to-door salespeople to enter the residence hall or your
room. Central Connecticut State University policy prohibits soliciting in
any building without prior written approval from the University.
Report any suspicious person or activity to the University Police,
though the University provides police services 24 hours a day, 365 days a
year, we are asking for your help.
safety is foremost a personal responsibility. An essential fact to remember on
the topic of personal safety is the importance of being aware of your
surroundings. Ask yourself, "Am I increasing the chances that I may
become a victim of crime?"
prevention starts with the use of your common senses, easily ignored in our
busy everyday lives. The following personal safety tips are nothing new, but
it is important to be reminded of them from time to time. Remember that crime
happens during the day as well as at night.
Do not walk alone! Use the buddy system or the campus shuttle bus.
not walk in dimly lit areas or take risky short cuts. Use well-traveled
and well-lit areas.
Do not jog alone-run with a partner. It's more fun and.. it's safer.
Do not carry large sums of money or flash money around. Money attracts
Do not wear walkman-type earphones, especially at night, while walking or
driving. They can prevent you from hearing what is going on around
If you feel that you're being followed or you sense something wrong,
change direction or cross the street and head for a well-lit area, any
occupied building or to an emergency phone where you will be in direct
contact with the police dispatcher on campus.
If you are threatened scream "FIRE" and not the word
"help." In today's society the word "fire" attracts
more attention. Remember the criminal does not like noise or
Don't overload yourself with excessive books and/or other personal items
Carry your purse close to your body and have the flap against your body.
If a purse/wallet snatcher or mugger confronts you do not resist. Money,
credit cards and other items may easily be replaced. You cannot. You
should record all credit card account numbers and keep them in a safe