Graduate Students Safety Briefing Duke University Police Department March/April 2008
Crime Awareness Crime Triangle Desire Ability Opportunity
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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
When to call: • Emergency - Police, Fire, Medical • Accident • Injury • Suspicious Person • Vehicle Trouble • Isolated Area
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.
Vehicle Description • Make - Ford • Model - Escape • Color - Red • Style – 4 Door • Direction of travel • Number of Occupants • License Plate Information
Crime Stats • Duke University • www.duke.edu/web/police • City of Durham • http://www.durhampolice.com/
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