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Personal Safety

 

Please read this section carefully and make these tips part of your everyday life.

  • Work Areas

    • Lock your office door whenever you leave, even if you're just going out for a minute
    • Take care of your keys. Don't leave them in your "cubby" or other hiding place
    • Do not prop open doors. If you find a door propped on campus, close it or report it to the UB Police Department at ext. 5520
    • Know where fire alarms and emergency exits are located
    • Observe the university's fire prevention regulations
    • Become familiar with the Emergency Evacuation Plan, and if you smell smoke or see a fire, pull the fire alarm and leave the building immediately
    • When a fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately and report to the appropriate location. Do not wait to see if it is a false/malfunctioning alarm.
    • Notify the UB Police Department at ext. 5520 of any emergency, criminal activity, suspicious conditions or suspicious subjects.
  • Campus Streets

    • Avoid taking shortcuts through alleys or isolated areas.
    • Do not walk alone to your vehicle. After class, walk in groups to the parking facilities.
    • Be aware of who is watching you. Look around; take notice of people, vehicles around you.
    • Do not look like a "victim." Walk with head erect, eyes front making eye contact with those you pass. Walk with a purpose.
    • Do not talk on cell phone or listen to iPod, etc. - anything that distracts your attention.
    • If something or someone "just doesn't look or feel right" it probably isn't. Avoid the situation, turn and walk in the opposite direction or cross the street. Get to a more public area and call the UB Police Department at 410-837-5520 - place this number is your cell phone.
    • Take the shuttle or call for an escort.
  • Property Security Tips

    • Never leave your backpack, wallet, purse, or other valuables unattended.
    • Even if you are going to be gone for "just a minute" take your belongings with you.
    • Don't leave easily stolen items, such as your wallet, checkbook, jewelry, CD player, or laptop in open view.
    • Do not keep large sums of money in your office, classroom, or backpack.
    • Engrave your driver's license number and State not Social Security number on all valuables you want protected.
  • Vehicle

    • Have keys ready when approaching your vehicle. Check for intruders before you enter the car. Check under the car, back seat, or take notice of anyone sitting in a car adjacent to your vehicle.
    • Lock the car doors immediately upon entering your vehicle.
    • Close all windows and lock all doors when leaving your vehicle, whether it's for a few minutes or several hours.
    • Lock all valuables in the trunk. Leave NOTHING in plain view in the passenger compartment of your vehicle, and replace cigarette lighter after charging your cell phone.
    • At night, park in well-lighted areas.
    • Drive away immediately upon entering your car - do not balance checkbook, talk on phone, etc.
    • Do not attach your name, address or license tag number to your key ring.
    • Never pick up a hitchhiker or hitchhike yourself.
    • Always keep your gas tank at least half full.
    • Know where you are. Know the names of the streets, alleys, highway exits, etc. If you have to summon help, directing the police to your location is critical.
    • If your vehicle breaks down in an isolated area, raise the hood, lock the doors, and stay inside. If someone stops to help, ask him or her to call the police (if you do not have a cell phone, of course). Sound the horn if you feel threatened.
  • Dating

    • When you feel uncomfortable in a situation, trust your instincts.
    • When you mean "no," say "No." Don't allow room for misinterpretation by being ambiguous in your actions. Be firm. You should communicate your intentions and limits early.
    • Don't immediately transfer your trust from an old friend to a new one, remember, trust must be earned.
    • Control the environment. You should be the one to choose or agree to the dating activity and location.
    • Be alert to diminished awareness caused by alcohol and drugs. When you lose control because of impaired judgment, you give the advantage to a would-be assailant.
    • For a variety of physical and biological reasons, women become intoxicated faster than a man, with all things "being equal."
    • Don't allow others to violate your personal space.
    • When going out, let someone know with whom you are going, where you are going, and an approximate time of your return.

Individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind, or have Speech Disorders that need to contact UB Police Department may do so by dialing Maryland Relay at 1-800-201-7165.

 

 

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