Crime Prevention Tips Don't be a victim

The following tips and resources you can use to protect and to defend yourself while on campus or anywhere!

Avoiding Attacks

Walk with someone. There is safety in numbers. Stay away from isolated areas. In buildings, avoid stairwells. If you commute by public transportation, try to sit near the driver, take an aisle seat, and arrange to have someone meet you at the bus stop to escort you home. Never fall asleep. Stay alert! Stay near streetlights when walking at night. Avoid alleys, parks, and dark parking lots. Protect your valuables. Hold your purse or backpack tightly and close to your body. Do not carry a purse or pack hanging from one shoulder. Do not carry large amounts of cash and carry your wallet in your front pocket, not the back one. Protect yourself with the clothing you wear. Clothing does matter because your first response to danger should be to get away. However, you can't run as fast in high heels or tight pants as you can in running shoes or clothing that is not confining. When driving your car, keep your doors locked and windows rolled up and keep your car in good repair. When you use the restroom, go with another person if possible; look carefully in corners before you enter the restroom and in stalls before you use them.

Avoiding Sexual Assault

Keep your doors locked when you are alone, night and day. Do not let strangers into your house or apartment. Do not leave a door unlocked for someone planning to come later. Never leave a door propped open. Do not pick up hitchhikers and do not hitchhike! Park your car in well-lighted areas if possible. Always check the back seat of your car before entering. Do not walk alone, remember to call the Department of Public Safety at 502-2911 for an escort. Do not give out information or directions to strangers. Report all suspicious activity on campus to the Campus Police 502-2911. Take a course in self-defense and personal empowerment.

Protect yourself against Rape or Sexual Assault While Traveling

Many times, you may be required to travel on official business as a part of your job. When you are staying in an unfamiliar city, do not become a victim. Protect yourself by following these suggestions.

Find out where the safe and unsafe neighborhoods are located. When you can, travel with a trusted colleague. If you are a woman, ask if your hotel offers women-only floors. Ask if you can be seated with other guests in the hotel dining room or in restaurants to avoid being targeted as a woman traveling alone. When you leave your hotel room, always lock the door. When you are in your hotel room, keep the deadbolt locked and the chain on the door. Do not open your door unless you have called room service or you are expecting visitors. If someone knocks on your door, verify your caller is the person you are expecting, before you open the door. Even if you are expecting someone, if your door has a peephole, look through if before opening the door. If you like to jog or workout while you are on travel, ask the hotel/motel to recommend a safe place. Do not jog in areas that are unsafe. Take taxis after dark. Do not walk alone at night. In addition, even during the day - be alert! The State Statutes of Colorado require that sex offenders register with the law enforcement agency where they reside. By law, each local law enforcement agency (police and sheriff) is required to maintain the list of sex offenders for their city/county. For more information go to http://sor.state.co.us/

Protect yourself from Fire

Never falsely, pull a fire alarm. A false alarm endangers everyone, increases the costs of fire protection, and is a crime under Colorado State Law (CRS 18-8-111).

If you smoke, be sure ashes are cold before dumping them. Smoking in college facilities is prohibited. Remember to smoke only in designated areas. Never leave electrical appliances unattended when in use. Follow all campus rules about candles, incense, bottled gas, etc. Do not plug too many cords into one outlet! The result can be an overloaded circuit. Do not store flammable liquids in offices. Dispose of all trash properly so there is no chance of fire. Know where the fire extinguishers are located and how to use them. Know where the fire alarms are and, if there is a fire, pull the fire alarm immediately. Know where the fire exits are and be sure they can open easily and are free of clutter.

Protect yourself from Theft

Make a list of all your valuables and keep it in a safe place. Include date of purchase, price, serial numbers, and place of purchase. Don't leave your belongings unattended in the classroom, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, etc.. Always lock your bike, even if you are only going to be a few minutes! Record the description, serial number and registration number. Engrave your bike with your ID number. Lock your doors every time you leave. Never leave your doors propped open! Always lock your car and take the keys. Lock valuables in the trunk so that a thief won't be tempted to break in. Park in well-lighted areas. Be careful when lending out belongings.

What to do if you are Attacked

Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away. Kick off your shoes if you have time and cannot run in them. Do not take time to look back; just get away. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it! Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm. Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.

What to do if You are Being Followed

Change direction. Cross the street. Walk with confidence, hold your head up high. Walk briskly. Keep looking around and behind you so the follower knows you cannot be surprised. Go to a well-lighted area; the bookstore, the student center, libraries, classroom, anywhere there are people. Notice and remember as much as possible about the person so you can give a good description. Report the incident to the Campus Police at 502-2911. If you are held up, don't resist. No amount of money is worth your life. Do not assume the robber is unarmed

Missing Child

Act immediately if you believe that your child is missing.

If your child is missing from home, search the house checking closets, piles of laundry, in and under beds, inside old refrigerators—wherever a child may crawl or hide.

  • If you still cannot find your child, immediately call your local law-enforcement agency by dialing 911.
  • If your child disappears in a store, shopping center or mall, notify the store manager or security office. Then immediately dial 911. Many stores have a Code Adam plan of action—if a child is missing in the store, center or mall, employees immediately mobilize to look for the missing child.
  • When you call law enforcement, provide your child's name, date of birth, height, weight, and any other unique identifiers such as eyeglasses and braces. Tell them when you noticed that your child was missing and what clothing he or she was wearing. Always carry an updated photo of your children.
  • Request that your child's name and identifying information be immediately entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Missing Person File.
  • After you have reported your child missing to law enforcement, call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on our toll-free telephone number, 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

National Center for Missing and Exploited children: http://www.ncmec.org/missingkids/servlet/PublicHomeServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US

Consumers

One of the first steps toward protecting yourself is to empty your wallet or purse of unnecessary documents, like your social security card and credit cards that are not used on a regular basis - even your checkbook.

The following tips are also helpful for protecting yourself:

Shred credit card applications and opt out of unsolicited credit card offers. Cancel all unused credit cards and keep a list of the ones you have. Don't just throw away statements with your credit card number, checking account number, social security number, or your date of birth on them - shred these. Criminals will sift through people's garbage for just such information. When using personal identification numbers (PIN), don't use your date of birth, social security number, or your name. Be suspicious of others at ATM machines. Shield the screen when you put in your identification number (PIN). Always order and pick up your checks from your bank or financial institution. Use a secured mailbox to mail your bills by check; the best ones are at the Post Office itself. At least once a year, check your credit with the three credit reporting companies and report any discrepancies at once.

If you Became a Crime Victim

Call your local police. Call your bank or financial institution and credit card companies. Notify the fraud department of the three credit reporting agencies. Close any checking and savings accounts. Open new accounts, but with different passwords.

For more safety tips go to Campus Cops Corner.

Law Enforcement Resources

Crime Stoppers
Website Phone
Colorado Springs Crime Stoppers 634-STOP
Bank Fraud
Website Phone
Federal Bureau of Investigation 303-629-7171
Counterfeiting
Website Phone
United States Secret Service 303-850-2700
Forgery Crimes
Website Phone
Colorado Springs Police Department 444-7000
El Paso County Sheriffs Office 520-7100
Fraud by Check Crimes (bad checks)
Website Phone
Fourth Judicial District Attorney 719-520-6002
Credit Reporting Agencies
Website Phone
Equifax 800-525-6285
Experian (TRW) 888-397-3742
Transunion 800-680-7289
Touch-Print Companies
Website Phone
Lightning Powder Company 800-852-0300
Sherlock Ink 303-841-1648
Sirchie Crime Lab not listed