Staying Safe on Campus 

Staying safe on campus 

General Safety

  • Use the Campus Safety Escort Service to navigate campus safely at night. When the service is not in operation, you can call the UCR Police Department for an escort.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk with friends.
  • Trust you instincts; if something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't!
  • You can dial 911 directly from a public pay phone without inserting change.
  • Program the UCR Police Department's phone number into your cell phone. The number is 951-827-5222.
  • Let roommates and friends know your plans and locations.
  • Never leave your belongings unattended
  • Register your bike with the UCR Police Department
  • Take a self-defense class. We offer them once per quarter, for free. Check our events calendar for upcoming classes or contact us for more information.

On the way Home

  • Walk in well-traveled, well-lit areas. Avoid dark and isolated shortcuts.
  • Have your keys out and ready to unlock your car or home.
  • Avoid using your cell phone or wearing your headphones while walking alone at night.

On the Street

  • Be aware and self-confident. Many would-be attackers rely on the element of surprise.
  • Establish eye contact and, if approached suspiciously, assert yourself in a loud, strong voice ("No, I can't help you!" or "Get away from me!").

In Your Car

  • Always check the backseat before getting into your vehicle.
  • Lock your doors once inside your car.
  • Park in a well-lit area.

In Your Room, Home or Apartment

  • Always lock your door, whether you leave the house or are home alone.
  • Don't leave keys hidden outside; thieves will find them.
  • Don't put your address on your key ring.
  • Don't leave messages on your door indicating that you are gone or when you will return.
  • Know your neighbors.
  • Don't leave money in your room.
  • Report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
  • Leave lights, TV or music on when nobody is home.
  • Make sure the lights work around all entrance.
  • Close windows, doors and blinds at night.

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