First Year Student Safety

August 20, 2014

First-Year Student Safety

Ten Things All Incoming Students Should Know About Campus Safety

  1. Always lock your residence hall room door when you are not there. The majority of thefts from residence halls are from unsecured rooms.
  2. Never leave electronic equipment unattended. Laptops, cell phones and PDA's all are easy to conceal and can be disposed of quickly.
  3. Never leave textbooks unattended. Textbook theft is a major crime on campus. Textbooks can be sold back to other bookstores or websites for quick cash.
  4. Bring a small safe or lock box to campus for your valuables. Look into renters insurance from your parent's insurance agent. Often this is an inexpensive way to protect items you bring to campus.
  5. Walk in groups - there is safety in numbers.
  6. Always lock your vehicle and remove all valuables from it. Theft from vehicles is a crime of opportunity.
  7. Remember that alcohol impairs your judgment and it increases your chances of being a victim of a crime.
  8. Don't flash your cash.
  9. Program the Xavier University Police Department's 24 hour emergency number into your cell phone: 513-745-1000.
  10. Familiarize yourself with the locations of the blue on-campus "assistance phones".  They can be used to contact the campus police to report a crime or incident, to request a jump-start or to have keys removed from a locked auto.