Mississippi Valley State University

October 23, 2014

Safety Tips

SAFETY TIPS

A college campus is a great place to learn and grow. But a college campus, like any other community, has its share of accidents, crimes, emergencies, and injuries.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Know how to defend yourself. Take a reputable self-defense class, such as the Rape Aggression Defense program
  • Develop a plan of action.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night. Call the MVSU Police Department for an escort, if necessary (254-3478).
  • Be aware of your suroundings. Avoid unpopulated and poorly or unlit areas after dark. Look for hiding spots.
  • Be aware of your companions. Ensure that they are people you trust.
  • Walk and act with confidence. LOOK alert! BE alert!
  • If you feel you are being followed, change direction. Walk towards a populated area.
  • If you are confronted, don't panic. YELL! Use your adrenaline to your advantage. Follow your plan of action.
  • If assaulted, call the police as soon as possible (254-3478).

Safety Around Vehicles

  • Always park in lighted areas
  • Always lock your vehicles
  • Don't travel alone, when possible
  • Carry small loads at a time, keeping your arms free for movement.
  • Carry your keys at the ready.
  • Look around and under your vehicle during your approach.
  • Check the front and back seats before you enter the vehicle.
  • As soon as you are safely inside, lock the door.
  • NEVER pick up a hitchhiker
  • Be aware of your surroundings

WALKING TIPS

  • Be alert to your surroundings- pay attention- don't be distracted by talking on your cell phone.
  • Try not to walk by yourself, especially at night-while there is no guarantee, there seems to be greater safety when traveling in numbers.
  • Have your car keys ready as you approach your car.
  • Carry a cell phone with you. For situations encountered on campus, call MVSU Police Department- make sure to program MVSU Police Department phone number into your phone, (662)254-3478. For all matters encountered off campus, call 911. Keep your cell phone charged up at all times.
  • Immediately report to the police any suspicious persons or vehicles.