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Graduate Students Safety Briefing. Duke University Police Department March/April 2008. Uniform Patrol Division. Uniform Security Division. Crime Awareness. Crime Triangle. Desire. Ability. Opportunity. Personal Safety Tips. Always be alert and aware of the people around you.

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Graduate Students Safety Briefing

Duke University Police Department

March/April 2008

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Crime Awareness

Crime Triangle




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Personal Safety Tips

  • Always be alert and aware of the people around you.

  • Walk confidently, and with a purpose.

  • Make eye contact with people.

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

  • Whenever possible, travel with a friend.

  • Plan ahead, know your route, know the locations of emergency phones/hazards.

  • Always carry a purse close to the body

  • If purse is snatched, don’t get into wrestling match: it could escalate

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Personal Safety Tips

  • Trust your instincts!!

  • Never flaunt money/valuables in public

  • Wallets are safer in front pocket

  • Stay in well-lit areas.

  • Be aware of locations and situations which would make you more vulnerable to crime.

  • Report threats, obscene or harassing phone calls, letters, or e-mails

  • Report crimes and suspicious persons immediately

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Safety When Walking

  • Never walk alone, if possible

  • Avoid places where attackers might hide

  • If someone follows you, cross street or change directions, go to well-lit area

  • If followed by a car, do not go home, go to safe location and report to police

  • Always walk in center of sidewalk and facing traffic

  • Don’t use cell phone/headphones while walking

  • Never hitchhike! It’s NOT worth it!

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Safety When Walking

  • Keep hands free, don’t overload arms

  • Don’t walk alone if upset, after using alcohol/drugs or late at night.

  • Be careful around ATMs. Avoid using at night

  • Consider carrying a throw-away wallet or personal safety alarm

  • Yell “Fire”, if you need help

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Vehicle Safety

  • Park in a well-lit, visible spot.

  • Check inside the car before unlocking it.

  • Don’t display accessories such as CD players, radar detector, tools, etc. where they will attract a thief's attention.

  • Consider installing an alarm system or security device to safeguard against theft.

  • Use extra caution when using underground parking garages

  • If car breaks down, raise hood, call for help and remain in car until help arrives

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Vehicle Safety

  • If approached, blow your horn to attract attention.

  • Never leave your keys in the ignition.

  • Lock your doors as soon as you get in your vehicle.

  • Keep your car well maintained, with plenty of fuel in your tank.

  • Don’t get out of your car in a dark, remote location, even if you’ve been involved in an accident. “Bump & Rob” technique. Drive to a well lit, populated area.

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Duke SafeRides

  • Supplements Duke’s transit service

  • Operates 5pm to 7am daily (except Thanksgiving, winter break and New Years day)

  • Recently increased service from 4 to 6 vans

  • Can transport off-campus to private residences

  • Valid Duke ID required

  • Normal 10 minute response time

  • Driver will wait no more than 2 minutes for rider

  • Refuse service to intoxicated/disruptive persons

  • Does not provide emergency or medical transport

  • Contact SafeRides: 684-SAFE (7233)

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Duke SafeWalks

  • Run by students, primarily for students

  • East, West and Central Campuses

  • Thursday – Sunday 10pm to 2 am

  • Seven (7) volunteers on call each night

  • Three pairs of escorts equipped with radios and one dispatcher

  • Contact SafeWalks: 684-WALK (9255)

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What makes someone suspicious?

  • A suspicious person is any person who seems to have no purpose, wandering through the hallways or loitering around the residence.

  • Unusual or suspicious noise that you can not explain.

  • Slow moving vehicles without lights or with no apparent destination.

  • A stranger asking for someone by description or by first name only.

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What makes someone suspicious?

  • A stranger sitting in a vehicle for an extended period of time for no apparent reason.

  • A person found sleeping, lurking or lounging in area and he/she appears to be a non-student or employee.

  • A person loitering around offices, windows or parking lots.

  • A person loitering around the card reader doors waiting for someone to enter so that they may tailgate into the building.

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Contact the Police

  • 911 on Duke Telephone System

  • 684-2444 non-emergency

  • Blue Light Help Phones (400)

  • 911 on Mobile Phone (Durham)

  • Duke Police: 684-2444

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When to call:

  • Emergency - Police, Fire, Medical

  • Accident

  • Injury

  • Suspicious Person

  • Vehicle Trouble

  • Isolated Area

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Procedures for reporting a crime in progress.

  • Tell the 911 communicator the following information:

    • What happened.

    • When it happened?

    • Where it happened?

    • Who is involved? Description of persons involved.

    • Direction of travel?

    • Give them your contact information.

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Vehicle Description

  • Make - Ford

  • Model - Escape

  • Color - Red

  • Style – 4 Door

  • Direction of travel

  • Number of Occupants

  • License Plate Information

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Crime Stats

  • Duke University


  • City of Durham


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Duke University Police Department

502 Oregon Street

Box 90425

Durham, NC 27708