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General Safety Tips

These guidelines focus on campus safety, but most also are useful in any major city or public area.

  • Report suspicious activity on Campus by calling the Public Safety Department at extension 55 or 718-488-1078 or by pressing the button on any yellow emergency phone around Campus.
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid walking alone at night. Walk with a group when possible. If you must walk alone, use well-lighted paths and sidewalks and take the most direct route. Project a confident attitude. Inform someone of your destination and your expected arrival and return time.
  • Carry only necessary cash and credit cards. Always carry enough money for an emergency phone call.
  • If you carry a wallet, keep it in the breast pocket of your jacket or in your side pants pocket; back pocket are easiest to pick.
  • If you carry a shoulder bag, keep it close to your body with one hand on the bag. Never carry a purse by the handle; hold it securely under your arms. If you carry a backpack, do not wear it on your back in crowded situations such as subways.
  • If taking the subway, look for the red or green lights outside the entrance. A red light means that you cannot enter the subway at that location; look for entrance with a green light before going down the stairs.
  • Always lock your car. Before getting into your car check the back seat to make sure no one is hiding in there.
  • In the Residence Hall, keep your room doors locked at all times.
  • Make a record of your valuables such as by recording serial numbers of items like televisions, computer, etc. Keep property secured or in sight.
  • Trust your instincts. You are your best protection.