No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. To reduce the chances of being targeted for person crimes, consider the following:
- If working or studying late, arrange to leave with a friend or utilize a ride share service or call University Police at 508-793-7575 for a safety escort.
- For more information on transportation services, visit our transportation website
- Lock doors and windows if working late alone.
- Report suspicious activity or conditions to CUPD 508-793-7575.
- If being followed, go to a populated area and/or an emergency call box.
- Download the RAVE Guardian app to receive ClarkALERTS; dial 911 and other important numbers; and submit tips to University Police.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Carry a fully charged cell phone with emergency numbers pre-programmed.
In a Threatening Situation
- If physically attacked or threatened, attract attention by yelling loudly.
- If using self-defense tactics or equipment such as pepper spray, run away as soon as the attacker is disabled.
- Decide what to do in various situations before they occur. Try role-playing with a friend.
- If confronted by someone who only wants property, give it to them.
- Try to get an accurate description of the assailant. If a vehicle is involved, get the license number and call CUPD.