FROM THE OFFICE OF CAMPUS SAFETY
Adapted from guidelines provided by the Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Practitioners Association
At home, your family takes responsibility for the safety of its members, its dwelling, and its property. At Moravian, you are living in a much larger family whose members also are responsible for their own and one another's safety. In the greater College family, every member must take extra care to ensure the safety of all.
No member of the College community ought to feel afraid, but all members ought to exercise ordinary prudence. The Office of Campus Safety and Police has been established to protect you and everyone at Moravian, but many safety factors are under your control. Here are some reminders of commonsense precautions you can take. Your home is as safe as you make it, and so is your College.
In Offices, Classrooms, Libraries, or Laboratories
- Always keep personal belongings in view. Keep petty cash and other valued items in a locked drawer. Keep your purse with you or in a locked cabinet or drawer. Never leave it in, on top of, or under a desk.
- Never prop doors open, especially fire doors, even for a short time.
- Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
- Report anyone who behaves suspiciously to campus police. Take note of the person's appearance, and relay the information to the dispatcher. Advise campus police of any hazards or security problems.
On the Street
- Cross streets at the crosswalks. Note that the crosswalk at Elizabeth Avenue and Monocacy Street features push-button access to warning lights in the roadway.
- Stay in well-lit areas. Walk at the mid-point between curbs and buildings. Stay away from alleys, entries, and bushes.
- Walk with someone whenever possible. Participate in the buddy system. Use our escort service after dark--it's worth the wait.
- If you are followed, keep looking behind you. This may discourage the follower.
- If someone is following you on foot, cross the street, change directions, or vary your pace.
- If you are followed by someone in a car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. If the follower persists, record the car's license number and call the police. There are blue-light call-boxes all over campus.
- In the event of an emergency, call 610 861-1421 or dial 911 from any campus phone.
- An unlocked door, night or day, is an invitation to trouble. Keep doors locked even if you are away only for a few minutes. Don't leave notes on your door saying that you are out. Lock your door before you go to sleep.
- Remember that most thefts occur during the day.
- Always keep your keys in your possession. Never place them under mats, over doors, or in any other obvious "hiding place."
- Know your neighbors.
- Close and lock all windows when you leave your room, especially if you're on the first floor or off a fire escape.
- Keep an up-to-date inventory of your possessions. Engraving tools are available from the campus police.
- If you should return to your residence and suspect it has been illegally entered, do not go in. Call the campus police at 610 861-1421.
- If you see a suspicious person in a hallway or lounge, or if someone knocks on your door to solicit, call the campus police. Never confront a stranger, but never ignore one either.
- In a residence hall, screams could sound like horseplay. Therefore, in an emergency, be specific. Shout "help!," "police!," or "fire!"
- Don't ignore hazardous situations, and don't create them for others.
Social Situations and Alcohol
- If you're not 21, don't drink alcohol.
- If you are of legal age to drink, do so responsibly.
- Don't give or sell alcohol to those who aren't at least 21.
- Choose your social events carefully.
- Don't leave a party with someone you don't know well.
- Don't invite someone you don't know well to your residence.
- Watch out for each other.
- Be conscious of your surroundings.
- In all activities, use common sense.
- Never, ever compromise your ability to be in control.
When the fire alarm rings, all occupants must evacuate the building
immediately by the nearest exit.
Reentry into the building may be authorized only by
Campus Safety or Fire Department personnel.
SAFETY IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY