Every student at KCAD has a laptop, and laptops are very attractive to criminals.
- Never leave your computer or any equipment (cameras, MP3 players, etc.) unattended even for a minute, and even on campus.
- Use a lock to increase your computer's security.
- Record your laptop's serial number and save it in a safe place.
- Back up your work to an external drive.
When walking to and from campus, take these simple steps to keep yourself safe:
- Look confident and purposeful and be very alert to your surroundings. Don't zone out!
- Don't wear headphones or earbuds. Music can block the sound of someone approaching you.
- Have your cell phone with you at all times.
- After dark, always go with another person, whether you are walking home or going out for a run.
- Walk with a steady pace and vary your routes, yet stay in familiar areas, especially after dark.
- Stay in areas where someone can hear and see you. Avoid vacant lots, alleys, construction sites, parks or heavily-foliated areas, especially after dark.
You have the right to expect to be safe at home, whether you're living in a house or an apartment. Make sure your home has:
- A peephole in your front door.
- Dead bolts on all doors (keep them locked).
- Pins in windows to prevent them from opening more than five inches.
- Good lighting at all entrances.
Other home safety tips:
Walk around your house or apartment (inside and outside) and think like a criminal.
- Remember, storm doors and screens do not provide adequate security.
- Do not rely on chains for added door security. Get a deadbolt.
- Keep windows and doors secured with adequate locks at all times.
- Close your curtains or blinds at night to prevent strangers from seeing you at home alone.
- Never hide an extra key under a mat, in a flowerpot, or in any other easily accessible place. Criminals know all the hiding places.
Other Safety Tips
- Everyone - men and women - is vulnerable.
- Have your keys ready so doors can be unlocked and entered quickly.
- If in danger, scream, run, yell "fire!" or carry a blow whistle to attract attention.
- If someone stops to ask for directions, do not approach them or the vehicle. Answer from a distance.
- Keep valuables such as laptops, cameras, iPods, etc., out of sight in your car.
- Don't take rides from individuals you just met. A free ride home might not really be free.
- Keep your guard up when socializing. Drinking impairs your judgment and could hamper your personal safety.