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FAU Police Department Badge  Safety Tips

The safety topics listed below provide tips for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of current residence. If you would like to hear a presentation on any of the below topics, visit our Crime Prevention page to request a presentation .  Also, program your cellular telephone to the Florida Atlantic University Police Department at (561)-297-3500. All campus telephones and callboxes come to our dispatch center.

 

Residence Hall Life
Personal Security
Know How to Defend Yourself
Vehicle Security
Bicycle Security & Operation
Identity Theft & Online Sharing Safety
Spring Break Safety

 

Residence Hall Life

Neighborhood Watch

small badge  Turn your building into a community by ensuring all are watching out for each other.  Report all suspicious people and circumstances immediately.

Lock Your Door

small badge There are, on average, 100 thefts each year at Florida Atlantic University.  All of the residence hall thefts could have been avoided simply by locking the door.

Peephole

small badge If you have a peephole, use it.

Close Propped Doors

small badge This is not just the Residential Assistance (RA) job.  People get a false sense of security from the card swiped exterior doors.

Engrave Valuables

small badge  In the event of a theft, you are much more likely to have your item returned if there is an identifiable mark separating yours from everyone else's.  "Black laptop" isn't all that descriptive.  Check out engravers for free at our police department.

Trust Your Instincts

small badge  If something doesn't look right to you, it probably isn't.  If someone or something appears out of place in your building, contact your RA or the police immediately.

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Personal Security

small badge This is for all students, faculty, staff and visitors regardless of your location.

Stay Aware

small badge Stay aware of your surroundings. Perpetrators choose their victims based on their vulnerability. Some think talking on the cellular phone is a better deterrent, but actually it is a highly visible sign that you are distracted.

Think Ahead

small badge Think ahead and plan your journey, avoiding unpopulated areas.

Avoid Walking Alone

small badge Try to avoid walking alone at night, and stay on well-lit main paths when possible, and  avoid shortcuts. When on campus Use Night Owl - Don't walk alone on campus at night.  Call (561)-297-3500 or go to any campus pick location.

Stay Alert

small badge Stay alert and aware of what is going on around you. Trust your instincts if you see anything suspicious and call the Florida Atlantic University Police Department at (561)-297-3500 for non emergency or 911 in emergency.

Let Someone Know Your Plan

small badge Let someone you trust know where you are going, the route you plan to take, and when you expect to return.

Avoid Distractions

small badge Avoid wearing headphones when walking or driving, your ability to hear traffic, strangers, and potential trouble can be restricted.

Report Suspicious Persons

small badge Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to FAU PD via telephone (561) 297-3500 or use emergency blue phone.
small badge Program your cellular telephone to the Florida Atlantic University Police Department at (561)-297-3500 so you do not have to waste time searching for the number. 

Trust Your Instincts

small badge Trust Your Instincts if something doesn't look right to you, it probably isn't. If someone or something appears out of place in your building, contact your RA or the police immediately.

Safety in Numbers

small badge Whether on campus, at home or out for the day, travel in groups whenever possible. Perpetrators look for individuals who are easy targets, in areas where they can hide. Simply one other person can take away the criminal's opportunity.

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Know How to Defend Yourself

Enroll in a Rape Aggression Defense class today! Just click here for more information on this 12 hour course for women.

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Vehicle Security

small badge This is for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, whether you are on campus or not.

Out of Sight

small badge Keep all expensive items out of view of the windows.  For example, put your Apple ipad, or ipod in the glove box.  Large items should be locked in the trunk.  If you have to keep something in the passenger compartment, cover it with something.  Theft is a crime of opportunity, so if they can't see what is in the car, they are much more likely to go to the next car.

Parking

small badge Park in well-lit, highly visible lots.  Always park as close to where most of the traffic (cars and pedestrians) are.

Lock It

small badge Always lock doors and windows, even when it's just for a minute. If you need to cool the vehicle, use a sunscreen (never crack your window).

Callboxes

small badge At FAU, there are blue-light emergency phones in every student lot on campus. Be familiar with their locations.  Click here for a map.

Personal Security

small badge If a suspicious person is standing at your car, or near a parking spot, just keep going.  Also look around the area of your vehicle, then inside, before getting in.

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Bicycle Security & Operation

Bicycles are permitted on all roadways, as well as concrete and asphalt pathways, grass, and sidewalks, with the exception of times when there is heavy pedestrian traffic on sidewalks and pathways. When operating on a roadway, bicyclists must obey all laws pertaining to vehicular traffic.

In times of heavy pedestrian traffic, when sidewalks and pathways are congested (such as class change), bicyclists shall dismount completely and walk. Bicyclists are encouraged to dismount at crosswalks.

Bicycle Parking & Securing

small badge All bicycles must be parked in designated bicycle racks and must be registered with Parking Services prior to being parked on campus. To register your bike follow the appropriate parking services link below.
small badge Protect Your Bicycle From Theft!  Always secure your bicycle frame to a bicycle rack or stationary object with a alloy- hardened U - shaped lock (even if you're only going to be gone just a minute). Click here for more information on how to protect your bicycle from theft.

Operating Mopeds & Motor-Scooters on Campus

small badge Mopeds and motor scooters are permitted only on roadways and drivers must obey all laws pertaining to vehicular traffic. On sidewalks and pathways, mopeds and motor scooters must be walked at all times.

Abandoned Bicycle Confiscation Policy

small badge FAU Police enforces an abandoned bicycle confiscation policy, which states that if you leave your bicycle locked on campus for several months without using it, FAU Police, will tag your bicycle with a notice. The notice says you have 20 days to contact FAU Police, or your bicycle will be confiscated. If you do not claim it in 90 days, it becomes property of the University.

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Identity Theft & Online Sharing Safety

This is for all students, faculty, staff and visitors whether you have internet access or not!   Identity theft comes in many forms, and you are not immune to it even if you never use the internet! All forms of banking, data collection (such as creditors, departments of motor vehicles, insurance companies, etc.) do all of their business in a cyber world. Tricks used change daily, so check out the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft website.

Is It Too Much?

small badge It is okay to put "18 years old", but 04/22/85 is way too much information.  Although the normal uses of these websites are fun ways to meet people, too much information makes it way too easy to attract unwanted people.
small badge Not everyone who has a .edu email address is a student!
small badge Don't put a phone number, but put an area code if you want others to know your region. By combining things like Google, FAU.edu, Anywho, etc., with certain information a person can get a map to your door!

Privacy

small badge If one computer can see it, all computers can see it. Unless encrypted or otherwise secured, nothing is private on the web!

Be Vague

small badge Putting your major may be okay, but never your class schedule.

Threats & Stalking

small badge If someone threatens you online, save the conversation and then report it to the police.
small badge 1.4 million men and women are stalked annually. The internet opens that situation up to the entire world. It is possible to be stalked from anywhere, and then the perpetrator is given everything he/she needs to come to you.
small badge Make sure that you disable geo-tags on your cameras so you are posting your exact position to the world.

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Spring Break Safety

Personal Safety

small badge Use common sense and intuition – if something looks wrong, something probably is wrong
small badge Be conscious of your surrounding
small badge Don't walk alone if you are in an unfamiliar place
small badge Never leave a party alone with someone you just met
small badge Don't leave valuables in your hotel or motel room
small badge Carry only as much cash as you need – credit cards and traveler’s checks are safer
small badge Do not overcrowd elevators – this often causes a malfunction which will cause you to be stuck
small badge Do not climb on balconies or sit on balcony rails – this can lead to fatal falls
small badge Use caution when crossing roads, especially if you have been drinking

Alcohol Safety

small badge Don't drink too much – drinking increases the probability of becoming the victim of a sexual assault and other crimes
small badge  Decide in advance what and how much you will drink
small badge Plan on how you will refuse drinks once you reach your personal limit
small badge Watch out for "rape drugs” – never leave your drink unattended and don't accept open drinks from strangers
small badge Do not drive if you have had anything to drink – use a designated driver or public transportation
small badge Should a member of your group become intoxicated, don’t leave that person alone
small badge If a friend passes out, roll them on their side to prevent choking, and call 911 immediately

Sun, Sand & Surf Safety

small badge Avoid prolonged sun exposure during the hottest hours of the day – 11am to 3pm
small badge You can get a sunburn even if it is cloudy
small badge Apply sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15, paying special attention to the face, nose, ears and shoulders
small badge Wear a hat and sunglasses with UV (Ultraviolet) protection
small badge Drink plenty of water, non-carbonated, and non-alcoholic drinks, even if you do not feel thirsty
small badge Never swim alone, and be aware of ocean rip currents
small badge Be aware of sunstroke symptoms including hot, dry skin and rapid heartbeat.

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 Last Modified 7/14/14