Heightened State of Security
WHAT IS A "HEIGHTENED SECURITY STATE OF ALERT"?
"A mindset that leads you to notice unusual or suspicious behavior/circumstances and reporting your observations to authorities in a logical, rational and timely manner."
Heightened Security is not intended to induce fear and panic. People should go about their normal business while paying particular attention to their surroundings.
Be aware of and report to University Police (if an emergency 911, otherwise extension 22375):
- People in buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
- People monitoring areas, buildings or entrances.
- Unauthorized people in restricted, sensitive or private areas.
- People requesting information with no apparent need for that information.
- People wearing clothing not consistent with the weather conditions at large gatherings (bulky coat in warm weather etc.)
- Abandoned parcels or other items in unusual locations or high traffic areas.
- Individual attempting to access utility locations (water, electrical, petroleum, telecommunications, information systems).
- Multiple persons who appear to be working in unison, committing the above.
Be alert to the following and notify the University Police at extention 22375:
- Abandoned Vehicles
- Vehicles Parked Near Buildings or Public and Common Areas
- Unexpected/Unfamiliar Delivery Trucks
- Unfamiliar Vehicles Parked For Long Periods
- Vehicles Containing Unusual/Suspicious Parcels or Material
- Vehicles Arriving and Being Left Behind at Odd Hours
- Substances Leaking or Spilling from Vehicles
- Don’t prop open building/residence hall entrance doors/windows. Rectify these situations when you observe them.
- Account for and secure keys. Don’t leave them unattended or give to unauthorized persons. Report lost keys to Facilities Management or the University Police.
- Account for and secure all sensitive material/information when not able to attend to it.
- Account for and secure sensitive deliveries in a timely manner.
- Secure all areas when not attended.
- Be aware of unfamiliar persons in or visitors to your office/lab etc.
- Protect access codes, combinations and cards, change codes regularly. Report compromised codes promptly to the person in charge of area.
- Be Prepared: Take time out to familiarize yourself with alternative exit routes you’re your building.
- Report suspicious tampering with physical security (doors, locks etc.)
- Talk with co-workers; know what is out-of-place (unclaimed items etc.)
- Be prepared to work with University Police and/or fire fighters if there is a need to lock down or evacuate a building or the campus.
- Familiarize yourself with what belongs in your work area. You may be asked to assist police personnel in determining whether a suspicious package actually belongs in the department or is a potential hazard.
- Familiarize yourself with the Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and American Red Cross guidelines for disaster preparedness for the home. (see links below)