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Safety Tips

Personal safety and property security are everyone's responsibility at CU. The CU Police Department urges all members of the university community to participate in making our campus as safe as possible. If you develop good security habits, you can assist us in safeguarding your property and university property.

Although the Clemson University campus and the surrounding city are relatively safe, they are still vulnerable to criminal activity. Educate yourself about the resources available to you and the ways you can help protect yourself.

The following are some safety measures that could prevent you from becoming a crime victim. If you observe unusual, suspicious or criminal behavior call CU Police immediately. Our officers are also available to conduct educational programs.

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  • Keeping campus safe
    1. Report suspicious persons or criminal activity to the Clemson University Police at 864-656-2222.
    2. Keep your car doors and windows locked at all times.
    3. Use locks on lockers and bicycles.
    4. Attend crime prevention programs.
    5. Take responsibility to protect yourself and your fellow students.
  • Safety when walking
    1. Avoid walking alone at night. Call Tiger Transit at 656-3333 to arrange for a ride from an escort van between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily.
    2. Stay in well-lit, populated areas.
    3. If you are confronted by an attacker, scream loudly and try to run to a safe area.
    4. If you feel threatened use the blue light emergency phones located around campus or call 911 from a cell phone.

    The Tiger Transit Service operated by Clemson University Parking Services is a safe ride service for students, faculty, staff, and visitors when Clemson University is in session. For more information regarding this service please view the Tiger Transit page.

  • Protecting you and your vehicle
    1. Always lock your vehicle so entry to the trunk cannot be made from the inside.
    2. Secure all valuable in the trunk of your car or remove them from your car.
    3. Have your keys in hand before you get to your vehicle.
    4. Park in well-lighted area.
    5. Park in lots more frequently used by others.
    6. Look in your vehicle before you get inside.
    7. Car-pool if you can, have a friend, parent or relative drop you off on campus.
    8. Report all suspicious persons or activity to the Clemson University Police immediately at 864-656-2222.
    9. Do not assist occupants of disabled vehicles. Continue driving and call on your cell phone or find a nearby phone to call 911 to report the disabled vehicle.
    10. If your car breaks down, raise the hood, lock yourself in the car and call 911 or private vehicle assistance, if possible. If someone stops to help, stay in your locked car and open your window a crack to talk.
    11. Never leave your windows cracked or your convertible top down.
    12. Be alert, be aware, do not be a victim.
  • Safety on campus
    1. Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace.
    2. Stay in well-lighted areas.
    3. Never work alone in an office or classroom on campus at night. Use the buddy system.
    4. Use Tiger Transit at 864-656-3333.
    5. Walk in groups to class and to and from parking lots.
    6. If you feel you are in danger, attract attention anyway you can. Don't be reluctant to scream and run.
    7. Be aware of your surroundings.
    8. Never get into a stranger's vehicle.
    9. Report suspicious persons to Clemson University Police at 864-656-2222.
    10. Emergency (blue light) phones are located around campus for your convenience.
    11. CU Police, Student Health Services and the Counseling Center are all excellent resource centers for safety information.

    The Tiger Transit Service operated by Clemson University Parking Services is a safe ride service for students, faculty, staff, and visitors when Clemson University is in session. For more information regarding this service please view the Tiger Transit page.

  • Preventing theft on campus
    1. Close and lock all office doors when you leave, open doors invites theft.
    2. Keep cash, checks, credit cards, keys, and books with you at all times, never leave them unattended.
    3. Write your name and an I.D. number, in pen, on the inside of your book's cover.
    4. Store computers, lab equipment and audiovisual equipment, when not in use, in a locked office or classroom.
    5. Register valuables with CUPD via tool.
  • Office and/or residence hall safety
    1. Lock your door when you leave the room, even if you will be gone only for a minute. It takes about eight seconds for someone to walk into an open room and remove an item.
    2. List only initials and last name on mail box.
    3. Keep all entrances well illuminated.
    4. If someone is prowling outside your residence or loitering in the vicinity of your building or room, turn on several lights call the police and Residence Life staff.
    5. Never leave purses, wallets, jewelry, and other valuables unattended in laundry rooms, pool or kitchens areas.
    6. Don't leave your desk or office keys, personal identification or building-access cards in unsecured areas.
    7. Make a list of your valuables with a description and serial numbers and keep it on file in your room. Write your name on or in text books to reduce theft.
    8. When entering a secure area, don't let anyone "tailgate" in behind you. Make them show their ID if you don't know them.
    9. Never prop open any exterior entry door to your room, this compromises everyone's safety.
    10. Never let a stranger into your room.
    11. Do not give personal information to strangers on the telephone.
    12. Keep all or your personal information secure (home address, Social Security number, access PINs).
    13. Never give your phone number to a stranger.
    14. Never light candles or use open flames in your room.
    15. Do not enter your home or apartment if you find a door or window open, or if it has been burglarized.
    16. When you are home and someone attempts to break into your home or apartment, call the police, and lock doors between you and intruder.
  • If you are being followed
    1. Cross the street.
    2. Change directions.
    3. Keep looking back, so the person will know you are aware of their presence.
    4. Go to a well-lighted populated area.
    5. Notice as many physical details as possible, so you can describe the person to the police.
    6. Always report the incident to the police.
  • If you are alone in an office or classroom
    1. Keep the door locked.
    2. Always ask who is knocking before opening the door.
    3. Never prop open locked exterior building doors.
  • Off campus safety

    Any monitoring of crime off campus is done by the agency of jurisdiction where the crime took place; however, we are usually advised by the local agencies involved and offer any assistance available. Further, Clemson University Police is in daily contact with the Clemson Police Department via radio, and daily bulletins of crimes within the jurisdiction.

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