Defense Against Crime


Be careful…Off Campus can be dangerous

This following crime is True…the names and some details have been changed so that you can focus on your safety no matter where you are!

Location:  Corner of Ester and Henry Streets, College Town, USAbxp35697

Suspects’ status:  At-Large

Incident description:  The victim was walking east on Henry Street approaching Ester Street when he was approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects pointed an unknown type handgun at the victim and demanded his belongings. The victim gave the suspects a wallet and a cell phone. The two suspects fled back east on Henry Street turning south on Ester Street.


Suspect Description:   Suspect #1: White male, in his 20s, wearing all black

Suspect #2: Black male, in his 20s, wearing all black


Important Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.  The College does not tolerate this behavior.



  • Use well-lit- routes, avoid dark vacant areas, and those not frequented by other people. Avoid walking alone at night. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone. Use ATMs during the day. If you must use an ATM at night do not do so alone. Avoid ATMs that are not clearly visible from the street. Be aware of people loitering in areas around ATMs, vehicles, and residences.
  • If you observe unusual activity, try to remember details as best you can. For example, what a person was wearing or any other identifiers like scars, tattoos or shoes. Please always be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone at night, and notify Law Enforcement immediately if you observe potentially dangerous situations or individuals.
    Many College and Universities offers security escort services… USE THEM.
    Many College and Universities offer free transportation services..
  • Be Aware of Your SurroundingsIf you take evening classes, make sure you stay on well lit and well-traveled pathways after you leave class. It’s also recommendable to find out which buildings are open late and where to go if you need help. Remove ear buds or headphones so you can hear someone approaching. Carry Pepper Spray or a Stun Gun. If possible, plan to walk across campus or to late-night classes with a friend or a campus security escort. Moreover, if you are walking to a car, carry your keys or Pepper Spray in your hand. Before entering the car, check that no one is inside or lingering nearby.
  • Know Your Neighborhood – If you venture off-campus, make sure you familiarize yourself with the neighborhood surrounding your school. While some universities are located in relatively safe areas (e.g., in small college towns), others might be in or near a sketchy neighborhood  (e.g. in big urban cities). It’s suggested to:
    • Check the profiles of area communities by using online tools like SpotCrime and/or ask the crime prevention unit of the local police department for a crime report.
    • Know where you are going and be aware of anyone who might be following you (if you think you are being followed, quickly go to areas where you see light and people).
    • Walk confidently and at a steady pace.
    • Stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas and avoid shortcuts.
    • Stay near the curb and avoid bushes, alleys, and dark entryways.
    • At night, have somebody pick you up or call a taxi.
  • Limit Your Alcohol (and Drug) Consumption – The vast majority of college students drink alcohol, especially after they have turned 21, and many also try recreational drugs. However, excessive drinking, (having four or more drinks for women or five or more drinks for men over a short period of time) is a risk factor for sexual behavior that could lead to unintended pregnancies, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Not to mention the increased risk of car crashes, violence, and alcohol poisoning.

    You need to learn when enough is enough. If your speech is slurred, and you can’t see straight, you ought to stop drinking. If you’re feeling sick, ask your friends to leave with you. If they refuse, call a campus ride service or a taxi. Also, always pour your own drink or watch the person who does.

  • Don’t go out alone if possible – Using the buddy system is always highly advisable, whether on or off-campus. If you are leaving class late at night or are heading to a local bar, take a friend with you and don’t leave his or her side.

    Watch out for each other and make sure that the other makes it safely back to their room. This is particularly important if you are in an unfamiliar area. If someone harasses you or your friend in a bar or club, tell the bartender, server, or security personnel immediately.

  • Use UnCommon Sense – Trust your instincts and rely on your common sense. If something or someone makes you feel uneasy, avoid the person or just  leave. If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk on the other side of the street.

    Furthermore, carry as little cash as possible, especially if you are off-campus. If you have a handbag, hold it tightly to your body, wearing the strap across your chest if possible. If you have a backpack, make sure all the zippers are closed and consider wearing it on the front. If you only carry a wallet, keep it in a front pocket. If you have an old cell phone, carry that on in your hand, so if you are asked for your cell phone..throw that on behind them, and if they look it it…RUN!

    If you feel you’re in danger, don’t be afraid to scream (FIRE!) and run. Consider carrying a whistle, Personal Alarm or other noisemaker and use it if you feel you are in trouble.

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