Troy University Police Department Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

    1. Walk to your vehicle in pairs or in a group.
    2. Follow a well lit pathway or roadway.
    3. Be aware of your surroundings.  Watch for suspicious people or activities.
    4. When you enter your vehicle, lock all doors and turn on your headlights.  This will allow you to see anyone outside in the dark.
    5. Have your keys in your hand so that you don’t have to search for them when you reach your vehicle.
    6. When you know you will be returning to your vehicle later that night, try to park in a well lit area of the parking lot.
    7. Before getting into your vehicle, visually inspect the interior for anything suspicious.
    8. Report any safety concerns to the University Police Department or the local police department.
    9. Do no offer rides to strangers.
    10. If you suspect that someone is following you, drive to the nearest open public place, to the University Police or local police department.

Car Safety

    1. Always lock your vehicle no matter how long you will be gone.
    2. Don’t play your radio loud before you park somewhere- it attracts attention, including thieves.
    3. Don’t leave your car unattended in neutral gear.  It can roll out of parking space and hit people or cars
    4. If you have an aftermarket CD player with a detachable face, remove it before parking.
    5. Keep CDs and other property out of sight

Apartment/ Dormitory Safety

    1. Never let a stranger enter the building, including people who say “parcel delivery”, “I forgot my key”, or “paper boy”.  Unless you know them personally, do not let them in the building. 
    2. Never hold the outer door open for strangers when you come in or go out.  Tell them to call the person they’re visiting or the resident assistant/ property manager.  If you’re uncomfortable, “hang back” to avoid a confrontation.

Keep the Doors Locked

    1. Make a habit of locking the door when you come into your apartment or room.  A thief can steal your valuables in the time it takes to have a shower.  Remember, even if you live above the first level, you could become a victim.
    2. Always lock your door, windows, and patio doors when you leave, even if you are just going to the laundry room or mailbox.
    3. Make sure all doors with locks have shut behind you after you come in or out.
    4. Never prop open the entrance doors and leave them unattended.  If you’re moving have someone posted at the doors.
    5. Report any burned out lights, non-functional locks or doors, or broken windows to the residential assistants or property managers.
    6. Report lost keys to the resident assistant or property manager immediately
    7. Never put you identification or address on your apartment key or car key rings.
    8. Never hide spare keys
    9. If your door doesn’t’ have a deadbolt lock or peephole, it’s a good idea to ask the resident assistant or property manager for permission to have them installed.
    10. Have your keys ready as you approach the door.
    11. Get to know your neighbors.  Then you’ll know if someone doesn’t belong. 

Mailbox Security

Your can help prevent thieves from stealing mail, which may contain valuable credit cards or checks.

    1. If you receive mail that is not yours, do not leave it in the lobby.  Write “Not At This Address” on it and drop it into a street letterbox the next chance you get.
    2. If you suspect or discover someone has tampered with or stolen your mail, call the police and notify the Post Office.  Thieves most often target credit cards and bank statements.
    3. If you see someone tampering with mail or mailboxes, call the police immediately.

Security in Common Areas

Common areas in your apartment building may include laundry rooms, lobbies, party rooms, recreational facilities, parking garages and storage areas.  Thieves are tempted by items in storage areas, cars, and contents, and coins in the laundry machines.  Here are some ways to help keep these areas safe from theft or personal injury for you and everyone in your building.

  • It’s safer to leave the lights on in common areas at all times.  Then you can see if anyone is in the room before you go into the room.
  • If your laundry room door has a lock, always make sure the door closes behind you when you leave.  Make sure the windows are also locked.
  • Do not linger alone in any common areas.
  • All reputable laundry technicians have photo identification.  Beware of people posing as technicians in order to rob the machines of coins
  • Report any laundry equipment break-ins to police and the resident manager.
  • Do not store valuable items in storage areas, especially if they can be seen from outside the room.
  • Do not advertise your expensive car stereo to thieves.  Turn it down well before you enter your garage.
  • Make sure the garage door goes down behind you when you enter or leave the garage.
  • Have your keys ready as your approach your car
  • Make sure valuable are locked out of sight in your parked car.
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