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Personal Safety

Many crimes occur because people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Avoid people and situations that may invite trouble. Trust your instincts and trust your University authorities. When in doubt, call the Police.

  • When traveling at night, travel in a group or pair. This simple act can prevent your chances of becoming a victim of crime by as much as 90%.
  • Stay on well-lit, well-used streets and plan your travel. Avoid short cuts and isolated areas.
  • Know where our blue emergency phones are located and don’t hesitate to use them even if it turns out to be a false alarm.
  • If you suspect someone may be following you, look at the person so the person knows you are alert. Be alert to your surroundings at all times and act confident.
  • If you continue to be followed, change directions, go to the nearest store, or knock on the nearest house door and request someone call the police.
  • Note a description of the person following you.
  • If you are approached or attacked, your goal should be to get away as quickly as possible and get help. Don’t stay and fight.
  • If you are approached by someone intent on accosting you in your residence hall, yell for help, pull the nearest fire alarm pull station or whatever may be necessary to get help. Public Safety will understand such an action to protect yourself.
  • If an automobile is following you, change directions, look at the license plate number and remember it. Go to a store or the nearest house for assistance.
  • When walking or on a trip, place your cash, credit cards and valuables in a safe, hard to find location (inside pocket).

WVUPD may be able to assist you with planning your travel safely to new locations or cities with which you are not familiar. Contact WVUPD at 293-COPS for assistance.

Common Places for Thefts on Campus:

  • Unlocked residence hall rooms
  • Unlocked apartments
  • Offices
  • Libraries (unattended book bags and belongings)
  • gym locker rooms and parking lots

Do not bring valuables or cash you do not need to these places. Identify your textbooks with your name, address and a code on a certain page.

Crime statistics, unfortunately, indicate that most crimes on campus are committed by people who observe opportunities for an easy score.