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Safety Tips

Western Carolina campus



  1. Be aware of your surroundings. 
  2. Watch your property. Mark your property.
  3. Thieves generally break into vehicles to steal the things that they can see.
  4. Take responsibility for your own security.
  5. If you own a bicycle, register it through the WCU Police Department.
  6. If you have an automatic teller card, memorize the personal identification code. Don't keep it with the card.
  7. Keep accurate records of your checks. Be alert for checks missing from the middle of your book.
  8. Keep a close eye on your credit cards and protect the numbers. If one is lost or stolen, report it immediately to the company and to the police.
  • Make sure that residence hall doors are locked during prescribed hours. If not, tell your RA.
  • Lock your room door at all times. It only takes seconds for items to disappear.
  • Mark your property, specifically items like books and other small high value property. Use your driver's license number or your student ID number, and mark everything.
  • Record serial numbers of your stereo equipment, televisions, and appliances.
  • Don't bring valuable jewelry, antiques, or heirlooms to campus.
  • Valuables in your vehicle should be placed out of sight; under the seat or in the trunk.
  • If you lose a key, report it immediately.
  • Don't take shortcuts through dark areas.
  • Don't make purchases from people selling door-to-door in the residence halls. They are violating University policy and many con artists focus on college campuses.
  • Academic buildings close at 11:30 PM on weekdays, 5:00 PM on Saturday, and all day Sunday. You are not allowed in those buildings after closing. Students inside those buildings may be in jeopardy.
  • Report crimes and suspicious activity immediately by calling the WCU Police Department at 911.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, others who are around you, and any dark areas where someone might be hiding.
  • Be alert to potential danger. If it doesn't look right or feel right, trust your instincts.
  • Avoid anything that does not feel safe. If you don't feel comfortable, leave the area.
  • Anticipate possible problems and know where campus emergency and pay phones are located. Note: Emergency phones on campus can be identified by a blue light on top (see picture).
  • Walk with friends whenever possible.
  • Avoid jogging or biking alone. And, if you must go alone, stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas.
  • Have your keys out and ready before reaching your door or vehicle.
  • If you think someone is following you, change directions and call the police.
  • If you see someone looking into the windows of parked cars or a vehicle driving slowly and aimlessly through the lots, call the police.
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