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Campus Safety Tips

If you develop good security habits, you can assist us in protecting you and safeguarding your property. The following are some safety measures that could help you prevent your becoming a victim of crime.

PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS

WALKING:

  • Don’t walk alone. Campus Security officers will be more than glad to provide you an escort to your vehicle.
  • Call the switchboard at (828) 438-6000.
  • Use public, well-lighted walkways. Avoid any dark, isolated areas.
  • Look alert and hold your keys in your hand when you are walking to your vehicle.
  • Give your vehicle the quick “once over” before entering with a critical eye for possible break-ins or persons in the rear seat or floor area.

IF YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED:

  • Cross the street.
  • Change direction.
  • Keep looking back, so the person realizes you are aware of his/her presence.
  • Go to a well-lighted area.
  • Notice as many physical details as possible, so you can describe the person to the police.
  • Report the incident to the police.

IF YOU ARE ALONE IN YOUR ROOM, AN OFFICE OR CLASSROOM:

  • Keep the door locked.
  • Always ask who is knocking before opening the door.
  • Never prop open locked exterior building doors.
  • When leaving your room (even if only for a few minutes), LOCK IT!

WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING:

  • Drive with doors locked and windows rolled up.
  • When you park, lock all doors and take your key with you.
  • Store valuables out of sight in a locked trunk or glove compartment.
  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • If possible, don’t drive alone.
  • Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
  • If you see blue lights on the car behind you, do not pull over until you are in a well-lighted populated area. The police officer will understand your concerns.
  • If your car breaks down and someone stops to assist you, do not get out of your vehicle, roll down the window enough to tell them to call the police.

PROPERTY PROTECTION TIPS

Members of the college community are vulnerable to the same problems encountered by residents of any
other metropolitan area. Campus Security’s mission is to protect this community. However, the opportunity for
crime exists. The community can assist us in its efforts to reduce crime by taking the following precautions:

  • Keep cash, checks, credit cards, purses, brief cases, etc. with you at all times. Never leave them unattended or unsecured.
  • Keep your car locked at all times to help prevent theft. Store valuable items in the trunk.
  • Store computers, lab equipment and audio visual equipment in a locked classroom or office.
  • Make a record of the serial number of both personal and college property in your room or office.
  • Inscribe personal stereo, computers, etc. with your social security number.
  • Doors and windows at Western Piedmont have locks – use them!
  • Report defective locks immediately.

Athletic facilities are not immune from thieves. Try not to bring valuables (expensive watches, jewelry, wallets
with cash and credit cards) with you when using the facility. Use the lockers and secure with heavy duty
locks.

TEXTBOOK PROTECTION

Textbooks are an expensive and necessary part of your college education. Take the necessary steps to protect your investment. Place your name in ink on the inside cover and other obscure areas known only to you to be able to identify your books in case of theft. Do not leave your textbooks, calculators, or book bags in unattended study rooms, hallways, library, dining area or unsecured lockers. Record serial numbers of calculators. Thieves know where students leave their belongings unattended and take advantage of such an opportunity. Be suspicious of any person(s) hanging around storage areas, i.e. outside of the bookstore, with no apparent purpose.
If you see any suspect or illegal activity occurring on or about the Western Piedmont Campus contact:
Campus Security by dialing the Main Campus (828) 438-6000
Morganton Department of Public Safety at (828) 437-1222

  • Be prepared to tell your name, location, and location and nature of the incident.
  • If you are in a safe location, stay there.
  • Do not attempt to interfere with the situation except for self-protection.
  • Try to note distinguishing characteristics of any suspects involved.
  • Also note a description of any vehicles involved; license number, model, make, color, occupants.