Safety Tips

  • Always close and lock the door to your room when you leave or are sleeping. Know who is at the door before you open it.

  • Take care of your keys: don't give anyone the chance to duplicate them, don't leave them out in the open, and don't give them to anyone.

  • Don't leave valuables such as money, credit cards, or jewelry out in the open. This goes for computers, cell phones, and video game systems as well.

  • Be sure to set a password on your computer and cell phone. If you own a smartphone, download some sort of locator app so you can find and or deactivate your cell phone remotely.

  • Hang up immediately on any obscene or harassing phone calls. Save obscene or harassing text messages and e-mails. Do not respond to the attacker(s). Report them to the Police Department immediately and include the offensive material.

  • In public, act calmly and confidently. Know where you are going and how to get there. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make eye contact with people around you.

  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave.

  • Look out for others. Report any and all suspicious activity and crime to the Police Department immediately.

  • When you purchase your books for the semester, save the receipt and place some identifying information inside the books in case they are lost or stolen.


Your Room

  • Always lock your door, especially when you’re inside sleeping or when you go out.

  • Don’t let strangers into your room. Look through the peephole in your door to see who they are, meet them in the hallway or ask for an id if necessary.

  • Don’t keep valuables in plain sight and don’t have too many valuables there with you in the first place.

  • Don’t post notes on your memo board or voicemail, saying where you are or providing personal information.

  • Don’t give out your room key or card to anyone.

  • Report lost or stolen keys or cards to Campus Police (5222) or Residence Life (5275) as soon as possible.

  • Keep your blinds closed at night so potential thieves can’t see what’s “available” to them.

  • Try to avoid leaving any large amounts of cash in you room at any given time, even if it’s out of “plain sight”.

Propped Doors

Tragedies covering the full spectrum of crime have occurred when the wrong person slipped through a propped door. So, close propped doors right away and report repeat problems to Campus Police (5222) or Residence Life (5275).


Report the presence of strangers whether or not they’ve gained access, are hanging around or are exhibiting questionable behavior – to Residence Hall Staff or Campus Police. Don’t let strangers into your building, even if they tell you that they are visiting a friend. Each Hall has a call box at the entrance which they can call their friend to come and let them in. Here at Lewis University students who host a guest are required to remain in the presence of their guest at all times.

Little Things

Report community problems like:

  • Slippery floors
  • Broken doors or furniture
  • Missing window screens
  • Burned out lights
  • Compromised emergency equipment
  • Water leaks
  • Broken glass
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