Personal Safety

Keep yourself and your stuff safe at all times.

Computer Safety

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.

Campus Safety

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.

Home Safety

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.
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