Safety Tips - Practice Prevention
The University at Buffalo remains a safe community for our students to live, learn, work, and play. However, even in such a community from time to time people are the victim of a crime. To assist our campus community in being safe please read the following recommendations provided by your University at Buffalo Police. Here is a list of the top 10 safety tips:
Make the call. Program the number of your university's police into your cell phone so you have it at your fingertips in the event of an emergency on campus. If you see a crime in progress or even something suspicious, don't hesitate, make the call. University at Buffalo Police Emergency number is 716-645-2222, non-emergency number is 716-645-2228. Off Campus, in an emergency - call 911.
Empower yourself. Enroll in a self-defense course. UB offers a sexual assault defense program called R.A.D., sign up with a friend and empower yourself. These courses are designed to give you the tools that may help save your life. Contact the University Police for further information on these courses.
Don't walk alone. Take advantage of the university's transportation or the safety escort services. Otherwise, walk with friends or classmates. Call (716) 829-2954 for more information on Safety Shuttles or visit library.buffalo.edu/helpAZ . Recent thefts involve suspects asking to use your phone or asking for money for gas, when the phone is produced the suspect grabs it and runs.
Protect your property. Never leave items like your backpack, laptop or cell phone unattended-even if it's just for a minute. Make it a habit to take these valuables with you. Keep purses close to your body or otherwise not visible. Recent larcenies have occurred when using on line postings either as a seller or buyer. Use caution if someone wishes to meet you to purchase or sell property.
Report solicitors. Magazine subscriptions, donation requests, spa packages and "earn money now" schemes are some of the common methods criminals use to take your money. Avoid solicitors' scams by politely saying no and immediately notifying university police. Never provide a solicitor with your personal information.
On Public Transportation. Stay awake and keep your personal belongings close to you. Sit near the door or the driver and stay awake. If someone's harassing you, don't hesitate; ask the driver to let you off at a populated bus stop or a well-lit area like a gas station.
Grab it. Close it. Lock it. Parking lots and structures are common targets for thieves. Never leave valuables in your car or items in plain view. Take items like GPS devices, removable stereo faceplates, computers and electronics with you. Make sure your windows are up and the doors are locked. Apply a security device or set the alarm.
Keep personal information private. Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by carrying only the necessary items in your wallet or purse. Never give personal information to solicitors. Beware of good deal on-line scams! Never provide your password to someone on-line, legitimate requests will never ask for this.
Keep your dorm locked. Even if you're going next door to a friend's room, always grab your keys and lock the door. If your room has additional doors and windows, always be sure they are closed and locked as well.
Protect your wheels. If you ride a bike, registering your bike helps improve the likelihood of recovery if stolen. Invest in a high-quality, hardened steel "U" lock. For optimum security, lock both the front of the bike and frame to the bike rack.
UB Alert is a service offered by the University at Buffalo that delivers text messages and/or e-mail messages to members of the campus community during emergencies and when adverse weather conditions affect normal campus operations. The text and e-mail alerts are one component among the university's channels of communication used in an emergency. (Read more about UB's emergency alert procedures and our FAQ for Rave users .)