Personal Safety Suggestions

Personal Safety Suggestions

Personal Safety:

  • Sign up for ASU Emergency Alert System.
  • Walk with friends, or in a group.
  • Let friends know where you are going and your expected arrival time.
  • Use well-traveled, well-lit routes.
  • Be observant of your surroundings at all times.
  • Don’t listen to music or text while walking.
  • Walk with friends or use safety escort. Safety Escort Service: 480-965-1515 ASU Police 480-965-3456
  • Like the ASU Police Facebook for safety updates
  • Be aware of the ASU Blue-Light Emergency Call Boxes and where they are on your route.
  • Walk confidently and with purpose at a steady pace.
  • If you do get into trouble, attract attention to yourself in any way you can.
  • Add ASU Police Department phone number into your cell phone. Emergency: 911; Non-emergency: 480-965-3456

Be psychologically prepared to protect yourself:

  • If you ever feel uncomfortable in a situation or with a person, remove yourself from that situation.
  • Be assertive by enforcing your own rights.
  • Don’t be predictable. This way, you can avoid someone learning your routines and using them against you.
  • Don’t be afraid to cause a scene if you feel threatened.

Bike Security:

  • Register your bike with the ASU Police. It is important to register your bike with us even if your bicycle is registered with another program or law enforcement agency.
  • Always lock your bike to a bicycle rack.
  • Secure the U-lock through the bike frame, the rear wheel and the bicycle rack. Click to watch this video.

Public Transportation:

  • Wait at well-lit bus stops.
  • Be aware of your surroundings while waiting for the bus.
  • Let the bus driver know of suspicious activity or harassment on the bus.
  • If it appears someone from the bus is following you, make yourself as visible as possible to others by making noise.
  • ASU Parking & Transportation
  • Valley Metro

When in the Residence Hall:

  • Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other out.
  • Don't leave valuable items out in the open.
  • Don’t advertise that you will not be in your room for extended periods of time.
  • You are responsible for your guests and their actions.
  • Always lock your door whenever you leave, even if it is just for a moment.
  • Do not tamper with any locking mechanisms anywhere.
  • Do not let others follow you into your complex.
  • Report any burnt out lights, vandalism, malfunctioning locks, etc. to management.

In Elevators:

  • Look in the elevator before getting in to make sure no one is hiding.
  • Stand near the controls if possible.
  • If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, get off at the next floor.
  • If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable while waiting for the elevator with someone, do not get on with that person.

At Parties or Group Functions:

  • Don’t leave a party with someone you don’t know well.
  • Alcohol and drugs limit your ability to make good decisions.
  • Be mindful when accepting an invitation to someone’s residence or when inviting someone to your own.
  • Communicate clearly your personal boundaries.

At Home:

  • Don’t let anyone you don’t know well into your place of residence.
  • Don’t open the door for someone if you don’t already know who they are.
  • Always lock your door when you’re asleep or not in the room, even if you’re only gone for a moment.
  • Avoid isolated areas in your building if you can help it, especially at night.
  • Never indicate to someone that you are alone.
  • Use well-lit entrances to your building. Report any burnt out lights to Management.
  • If anything seems unsafe or out of the ordinary at your residence, go to a safe place and call the police.

Online Social Networking:

  • Remember that anything you put on social media, or any other site can be seen by anyone with an internet connection.
  • Do not put your address, residence hall, room number, contact information, etc. on your personal page.
  • Do not put anything you would not want your family or boss seeing on your personal page.
  • Read ASU’s suggestions on Online Social Networking Guidelines