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Safety Tips

University Police

The entire Campus community should exercise caution and take responsible actions in order to protect themselves and their property:

  • Use the University Police escort service. (24 hours a day).
  • Before parking at night, call or stop by the University Police Department located in the Thomas-Jenkins building. Ask for an officer to meet you and to escort you from your parking space.
  •  Avoid getting near strangers; you don’t have to stop and talk to them.
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas.
  • Keep your car locked. Store items of value in the trunk.
  • Before exiting a building or car, look around the area for anything suspicious. At all times, notice who is around you and what they are doing.
  • Coats, backpacks, and purses should remain with you or be locked up.
  • Do not wear earphones while walking or jogging.
  • If someone is behind you, look to see how close he or she is.
  • If you are being followed, cross the street, walk in the opposite direction, and/ or go to the nearest light and populated place.
  • Travel with confidence and purpose.
  • Always travel with a companion or in groups.
  • Stay alert, and trust your instincts.
  • Walk, jog, or bike in groups of three or more, in well-lit, well-traveled areas without overgrown foliage, whether traveling between buildings or to and from your car.
  • Wear outfits and shoes that allow you to move freely.
  • Don’t use ATMs (automated bank teller machines) alone, at night, or when someone suspicious is nearby.
    · Know where emergency phones are located on campus and how they operate (map of phones posted on the ECSU website).
  • Program the University Police Department emergency number (252-335-3266) into your cell phone. In the event of an actual emergency – call 911.
    · Pay attention to campus security alerts; stay current with campus and city news regarding crime.
  • Think about what you would do in an emergency situation – have a plan.
  • Use common sense concerning personal and/or college property by not leaving it unattended anywhere on campus.
  • If you see someone you consider suspicious or out of place, CALL THE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY