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CUPD: Fall break safety and theft-prevention tips
Fall break is prime season for thieves, who see it as an opportunity to steal your property when you are away for an extended time. It's also a good time to remind you of some safety practices, especially if you will be returning to a nearly empty campus and community right after the holiday.
The Clemson University Police Department offers these safety tips:
- Secure your bike or moped with a durable locking device that cannot easily be defeated.
- Park your vehicle in a well-lighted parking area.
- Lock your vehicle doors and make sure the windows are not open.
- Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle.
- Lock your residence hall room or apartment before leaving and make sure the windows are secure.
- Keep all personal items with you or in your sight at all times, including cell phones, laptop computers, wallets, purses, etc.
- Leave an outside light on at the entrance to your apartment.
- Have a qualified mechanic check the condition of your vehicle before traveling.
- Plan your travel route ahead of time. Travel on roads and highways that are well-traveled. Avoid shortcuts and less-traveled roads, especially at night.
- If you think you are being followed proceed to a well-lit and populated area.
- Should your vehicle break down or you run out of gas, secure your doors and windows. Be wary of people who stop to help. Call local police for assistance.
- Do not text and drive. Keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to road names and highway markers.
- Always keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
- When approaching your vehicle have your keys in hand ready to enter the vehicle. When you get in, lock the doors before doing anything else.
- Keep your cell phone charged and with you.
- Be aware of your surroundings; know where you are and what is around you.
- Walk only in well-lit areas. Do not walk alone at night.
- If you think you are being followed, call police and stay on the phone. Proceed to a well-lit and populated area.
- Consider investing in a small flashlight and whistle to carry with you.
- Look confident when walking and do not use devices that distract you or impede your hearing.
- Guard your personal information. Do not give phone numbers, email address, residence information to people you do not know and trust.
- Let a close friend or family member know your location, travel route, departure and arrival times.
- Never accept drinks from people you do not know and trust.
- Make personal safety on your trip your first priority.
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