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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

Graduate Students Safety Briefing

Duke University Police Department

March/April 2008

crime awareness
Crime Awareness

Crime Triangle




personal safety tips
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
safety when walking
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
vehicle safety
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.
duke saferides
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
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
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.
contact the police
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
When to call:
  • Emergency - Police, Fire, Medical
  • Accident
  • Injury
  • Suspicious Person
  • Vehicle Trouble
  • Isolated Area
procedures for reporting a crime in progress
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
Vehicle Description
  • Make - Ford
  • Model - Escape
  • Color - Red
  • Style – 4 Door
  • Direction of travel
  • Number of Occupants
  • License Plate Information
crime stats
Crime Stats
  • Duke University
  • City of Durham

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duke university police department
Duke University Police Department

502 Oregon Street

Box 90425

Durham, NC 27708