Campus safety important after recent events

Megan Newman, ‘Doah Editor-In-Chief
February 26, 2014

On Feb. 12 at approximately 11:45 p.m., a  suspicious person was reported to be seeking drugs around Edwards Residential Village.

While no one was injured or seriously harmed, and the Department of Public Safety has increased patrols in that area, some students are worried about their safety on campus.

There are many ways that students can help increase their personal safety and the safety of those around them and in their dorm buildings.

Recently it has been found that students are    compromising their own safety and the safety of others on campus.

Its been common practice for years for students to prop their doors open, tape the latch on their doors or just plain leaving their doors unlocked. These habits,  especially when done on exterior doors leaves students and their things susceptible to theft or violence by  intruders.

Though no one has been injured from unauthorized persons in dorm buildings, there have been thefts from dorm rooms.

You can help increase your personal safety and the safety of others in your building by always leaving doors locked and closed, even when just leaving for a few minutes.

Also be aware of holding doors and letting people follow you into buildings. If you do not know the person ask to see their S.U. ID card before letting them into the building.

The Department of Public Safety is conducting investigations into unauthorized persons in dorm buildings.

If you have any information or think there is a un authorized person in your building call the Department of Public Safety.

When on campus, be aware of your surroundings and know who is around you.

Avoid poorly lit areas and other dangerous situations.

When walking from your car to dorm, or anywhere else on campus, late at night, call the Department of Public Safety for a safe-walk to your location and a public safety officer will accompany you.

If walking around with headphones in, leave one earbud out to hear anyone approaching you.

Female students can also increase their awareness by signing up to take the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) offered by the Department of Public Safety. These classes are taught by DPS officers and certified R.A.D. instructors, Adam Smith and Kelcey Webster. The next group of classes begins on Mar. 1. If you are interested in taking the class you can sign up by emailing safety@su.edu.

If you are ever out and about campus and feel unsafe call DPS at 540-678-4444.

Use your instincts, if you feel that a situation is unsafe, it probably is.

If you happen to see a suspicious person on or around campus do not approach the person and call the Department of Public Safety.

If it is an emergency and someone’s safety is at immediate risk call 911 and then the Department of Public Safety.

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