Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Tips

EmergenSee Mobile Safety App

EmergenSee is a mobile application for both Apple and Android phone user  that provides an extra level of safety for members of the college community who may encounter dangers as they are travelling alone at night or if they are witness to a crime or dangerous situation. More about the EmergenSee App.

Automated Teller Machines (MAC/ATM)

  • Never write your PIN number on the back of your card or on a piece of paper in your wallet or purse.
  • Do not choose a PIN that uses digits from your birth date, Social Security number, telephone number, or street address.
  • Always protect your ATM cards and keep them in a safe place. Treat ATM cards like cash.
  • Do not leave you ATM card lying around in your dorm room.
  • Immediately notify your bank if it is lost or stolen.
  • The bank will never call you and ask for your PIN number.
  • Remember, a thief does not need your PIN number to buy item on your card. It can be used just like a credit card.

Bike Safety

The Department of Public Safety encourages bicycle owners to register their bikes. Bicycle information is maintained in a database for easy access. Decals and an engraving tool are part of this free program. High security bike locks are carried by the college Book Store.

Credit Card Fraud

  • Destroy any credit card that is out of date
  • Make a list of your credit cards, their account numbers and phone numbers to report if lost or stolen.
  • Keep all credit card receipts for you or your parents to check against monthly statements.

Harassing or Threatening Phone Calls

  • Do not include your name or phone number in the greeting on your voice mail
  • Hang up if no one answers after your second "Hello."

Harassing or threatening email/IM Messages

  • Report harassing/threatening email/messages received on campus to Public Safety
  • Save these messages so they can be reviewed by Public Safety/law enforcement

Hate Crimes

A hate crime in Pennsylvania is called "ethnic intimidation." When certain crimes against people (like harassment, terroristic threats, or assault) or certain crimes against property (like criminal trespass, criminal mischief, or arson) are committed AND actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, ethnic intimidation can be charged.

Identity Theft

There is no guaranteed way to prevent identity theft. However, you can minimize your risks and guard your personal information by following these tips:

  • Before you reveal any personally identifying information, find out how it will be used and whether it will be shared by others.
  • Ask if you have a choice to keep it confidential.
  • Be cautious where you leave personal information in your dorm room or around the office.
  • Don't carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it in a secure place.
  • Keep items with personal information in a safe place. Tear up or shred information you are throwing away such as expired credit cards.

Laptop Computers

  • Always secure your laptop in a locked place when not in use
  • Think of your laptop as if it were money. Would you leave your money out unattended on a table in a classroom or the library? If not then don't do it with your laptop computer either.
  • Be alert to unfamiliar persons in your area. Report suspicious persons immediately to Public Safety.

Office Security

  • Keep your valuables and personal property secured.
  • Never leave money on your desk or in your desk unsecured.
  • Help protect your property and the property of other by being alert to unfamiliar persons in your area. Report suspicious persons or activities immediately to Public Safety.

Parking Lot Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for suspicious persons or activities as you are walking to your vehicle.
  • Have your keys in hand so that you don't have to search for them when you reach your vehicle.
  • Try to park in well lit areas
  • Visually inspect the inside of your vehicle before entering it to make sure no one is inside.
  • Report any suspicious activity to Public Safety

Residence Hall Safety

  • Always lock your doors or windows to your dorm room when not there.
  • A significant percentage of theft can occur due to unlocked residence hall rooms
  • Never prop open doors to residence halls. It's not just your safety but the safety of your fellow dorm mates that you will be putting in harms way.
  • Never lend your residence hall keys out

Suspicious Persons

Be alert to unfamiliar persons in your area. Report suspicious persons immediately to Public Safety. When investigating a suspicious or unusual circumstance, a Public Safety officer may ask to see your ID card. By showing it, you will contribute to the overall security of the campus.