Vehicle Safety

  • Walk to your vehicle in pairs or large groups.
  • When you enter your vehicle lock your doors and turn on your headlights. This will allow you to see anyone outside in the dark.
  • Back your vehicle into your parking space so that you face out when you enter or exit.
  • Have your keys in hand before you reach your vehicle so you don't have to search for them.
  • Look in the rear seat before you enter.
  • If you have a van, install a convex mirror that allows you to see into the back.
  • Park in well-lit areas. Lock your doors and roll up your windows every time you exit your vehicle, even if it's just for a minute.
  • If you are unfamiliar or unsure of a parking lot, drive through it first and check it out.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep a pad and pencil handy, in either your glove compartment or visor.
  • Do not mark your keys with your name, address and/or license plate number.
  • Most new vehicles have a key fob with a panic alarm on them.
  • If you feel unsafe arrange for an escort from Safewalk or Campus Security.
  • Report any strange people, activities or any occurrences to Campus Security.
  • If your car is stolen, remember that the thief has your address (registration) and garage door opener.
  • If your car breaks down: Raise the hood. Sit inside the car with the doors locked until help arrives. Leave the windows up while you talk to whoever comes near. Stay in your car and let any strangers that approach offering assistance go for help. Remember that highways are constantly patrolled.
  • If you are followed by another vehicle: Do not go home. Drive to the nearest police station, open business or to Campus Security Services. Report the problem to Campus Security or police. Do not try and outrun or perform any dangerous maneuvers to get away from the other vehicle. Do not allow the vehicle to force you to the side of the road. Report the problem. A dented fender can be replaced, but you can't. Get the license plate number and write it down.
  • When you arrive at your destination: Park in a well-lit area. Look around for people before leaving your vehicle. Lock your doors and roll up the windows.