Personal Safety Tips
- Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
- Be alert to potential danger. If something doesn't look right or feel right, trust your instincts.
- Avoid distractions when walking across campus. Limit cell phone use. If you are using headphones or earbuds leave the volume low or have one ear exposed so that you can hear anyone approaching from behind you.
- Anticipate possible problems and know where emergency phones are located.
- Don't walk alone at night. Walk with friends whenever possible. If you must walk alone, stay in well lit and well traveled areas.
- Have your keys out and ready before reaching your door or vehicle.
- When walking to your vehicle, do a visual check of the area and other vehicles parked close to yours. Be aware of any places where someone could be hiding. Check in and around your vehicle before you get in.
- If you think someone is following you, change directions and call the police.
- Program UNCP Police & Public Safety, 910-521-6235, and other local law enforcement phone numbers into your cell phone.
- Pembroke Police Department: 910-521-4333
- Robeson County Sheriff's Department: 910-671-3100
- Always keep bags and backpacks closed. Avoid hanging your bag on the back of a chair.
- Never leave personal belongings unattended.
- If you see something suspicious, such as someone driving aimlessly through parking lots or walking around looking into windows of parked vehicles, call the police immediately.
Resident Hall Tips
- Keep your room door locked at all times. It only takes seconds for items to disappear.
- If you loose your key, report it to your RA immediately.
- Help keep the residence hall entrance doors secure. Don't prop them open. Don't hold them open for people you do not know.
- Don't bring valuable jewelry, antiques or heirlooms to campus.
- Record model and serial numbers of your electronics. Download the Personal Property Inventory List to assist you.
- Don't make purchases from door to door sales people. Soliciting is against university policy.
Vehicle Safety Tips
- Keep your car doors locked and windows up at all times.
- Don't leave purses, wallets, or other valuable items in plain view. Put them under the seat, in the trunk or take them with you.
- Park in well lit and well traveled areas.
- If you have a motorcycle use a wheel lock.
- If you have a bicycle, secure it in a bicycle rack and record the brand name, model and serial number. Do not use a cable or chain. These can be cut with bolt cutters. Use hardened alloy bicycle locks (aka U style locks) to secure the bicycle frame not just a wheel.
Alcohol & Drug Safety
- Take care of yourself.
- Be aware that alcohol and drugs compromise your awareness and increase the opportunity for victimization.
- Don't drink and drive. Designate a non-drinking driver who is responsible.
- Don't share prescription medication.
Know What to do in an Alcohol Emergency
- Drinking too much alcohol can result in serious complications. Do not allow someone to "sleep it off".
- If vomiting occurs and the person is unconscious, put them on their side to prevent choking.
- Call 911. Stay with the person until help arrives.
- Download the LiveSafe app to help you walk safely around campus.
- Cross streets within the marked lines of crosswalks.
- Before entering a crosswalk, establish eye contact with drivers and ensure they come to a complete stop.
- Be sure to observe both lanes before crossing.
- If crossing a street in an area other than a marked crosswalk or intersection, the vehicle has the right-of-way.
- Avoid distractions, such as texting or talking on the phone, when crossing streets.
- Failure to yield to a pedestrian within a marked crosswalk is a violation of North Carolina law.
- Be alert and prepared to stop when traveling through crosswalks.
- Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped for pedestrians.
- Obey the posted speed limit.