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

Rideshare Safety Tips for SunDevils

  • Be alert.
  • Double-check your pick-up vehicle information.
    • Ask drivers the name and the name of the person they are supposed to pick up.
    • Ensure the license plate number and driver name matches the confirmation screen.
  • Keep personal identifying information private.
  • Make sure your drive matches the route to get to your destination.
  • Share your location with a friend or family member.
  • Ride in the back seat with your seat belt on.
  • Wait in well-lit areas or indoors if possible.
  • Use the LiveSafe app to call 911 or message ASU police if you need assistance during your ride. This will share your location with dispatchers and allows you to quietly text back and forth with ASU police.