Safety Tips - Office of Public Safety
Safeguard your Property
***Theft - the most reported campus
- Leave it and Lose it!!! Secure your valuables. While
in class, the library, office, lab, cafeteria or lounge never leave
your wallet, purse, cell phone, laptop or other valuables unattended,
even for a moment. Most thefts occur in under a minute.
theft is the most
preventable crime on campus.
- Lock your room door
even if you are going to be gone for a short period.
- Avoid leaving messages on your door advertising
your departure or arrival times which can alert thieves of your
- Carry only the personal information, cash and
credit cards you need, and keep them secure in your wallet or purse.
- Immediately report suspicious
behavior / activity and incidents of theft and missing property to
- Get to know your co-workers and watch out for
- Keep a record of the serial numbers of all your
- Never leave valuables visible
in your car - take them
with you or secure them in your trunk.
- GPS mapping devices and holders (dash or
windshield mounted) are popular items with thieves and should never be
left in a parked or unattended vehicle.
- Properly secure your bicycle, using a U-shaped alloy
hardened lock, to a bike rack.
- Preprogram the QCC Public Safety Dispatch number in your
cell phone: 718-631-6320.
- If you see something – Say something!!! Report
any crime or suspicious activity to Public Safety.
- Use well-lit and busy sidewalks. Try to avoid isolated
sidewalks, pathways, vacant lots and other deserted areas.
- Always take the safest route, even if it's a
- If you feel you are being followed, cross the
street, head for the nearest well-lit populated area, yell for help
and/or contact Public Safety at ext. 6320 (718 631-6320), or if off
campus dial 911 for Police.
- Travel with a companion or in groups whenever
- Never hitchhike.
- Use the Public
Safety Escort Service (especially at night).
- Don't wear stereo earplugs or
headphones. They prevent you
from hearing what's going on around you.
- Be careful when people stop you for directions
or money. Always reply from a distance and never get too close to the
car or the person.
- Look confident when you walk.
- Make eye contact with passersby’s and keep a
firm grip on your property. Place wallets in your front pants or
inside coat pocket.
- If you are carrying a purse or bag, carry it
close to your body - carry no more money or credit cards than
- Walk near the curb and avoid passing close to
shrubs, dark doorways and other hiding places.
- Carry your keys in your hand so you can quickly
get in your car or home.
- Pay attention to campus security alerts and stay
current with crime trends in
and about the surrounding community. Think about what you would do
in an emergency situation – Have a Plan!
Safety and Security
- Be cautious about isolated areas, such as library stacks, remote classrooms or
laboratories especially after normal business/class hours.
- Make arrangements to study or work with a
trusted classmate or co-worker.
- Let others know where you'll be
and when you plan on returning.
- In an elevator, stand near the controls and
locate the emergency button. If you are victimized in an elevator, hit
the emergency or alarm button, and press as many floor buttons as
- Ask unescorted visitors entering your office
area to identify themselves and who they are there to see.
- Request identification from persons who wish to
repair or remove equipment.
- Contact Public Safety immediately
if a person appears suspicious,
won't identify his or herself or asks for a person who does not work
in your area.
- Take time to familiarize
yourself with building evacuation
and fire safety plans,
evacuate buildings when a fire alarm sounds and follow instructions of
- Secure computers and other valuable equipment
with lock down devices when available.
- Report stolen or lost keys to Public Safety.
- Keep all valuables locked away and your office
door secured when you leave your office, even if you are away for only
a short period of time.
Late Night Safety
- Try to avoid working or studying alone in a
building at night.
- If you must work or study late, let someone you
trust know where you are and when you will be done.
- Keep your office door closed and locked.
- When leaving your office for the day, make sure
all windows are closed and locked, all valuable items removed or
properly secured and that your desk etc. are closed and locked.
- If you are leaving your office or room, even if
only for a few minutes, close / lock the door.
- Never prop open a door for someone who will be
joining you or allow others to enter with you.
- Keep emergency phone numbers handy in case of
intrusion, fire or other emergency.
- Stay alert to your surroundings.
- Do not fall asleep while riding public
- Try to maintain a schedule that ensures plenty
of people are at your bus or train stops.
- Pickpockets are a common problem at crowded
train or bus stops.
- Carry a purse that has a secure and strong
strap. Place wallets in your front pants or inside coat pocket.
- Be aware of loud commotions that may be staged
distractions to allow pickpockets to operate.
- If possible sit near the driver or operator.
- If someone bothers you, say in a loud voice,
"Leave me alone" and move to another area of the bus or
- If you are followed when you exit, cross the
street and head for the nearest well-lit populated area, yell for
help, and/or contact the Police or Public Safety if on campus.
Vehicle Safety and Security
- Park in well-lit and traveled areas and keep
windows rolled up and doors locked.
- Keep valuables out of sight when your vehicle is
parked. Store them in the car's trunk or at least, hide them from the
view of someone looking through the windows.
- Always remove your keys from the vehicle.
- Have your keys ready when approaching your
vehicle and look in your back seat before entering.
- Make sure your car runs well and has plenty of
- When operating your vehicle, keep the doors
- If your car breaks down, tie a white flag to the
antenna and wait for help. If available, utilize your cell phone to
- Never pick up strangers or go with a stranger
who offers help. Instead, ask them to call help for you.
- Report a lost or stolen parking permit immediately.
- When stopped at traffic lights or in traffic,
allow space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts
to enter, blow your horn to attract attention and drive away.
- Always remember, you can become a
victim of crime anytime.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Travel with confidence and purpose.
- Make brief eye contact with passersby’s and keep
a firm grip on your property.
- Trust your instincts.
- If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation,
leave right away and call Public Safety or Police.
- Report any suspected criminal or suspicious
- Secure your valuables!
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