Crime Prevention and Campus Safety
Mount Ida College is a small campus community within a large urban area. While the college is an extremely safe place with low crime rates it is unfortunate that on occasion the same criminal acts that occur in the city cannot always be kept off our campus. The Department of Public Safety attempts to reduce such instances, however, by maintaining a high level of visibility on campus through the utilization of foot patrols, marked cruiser patrols, and mountain bike patrols.
Individuals with problems, questions, or concerns may approach Public Safety Officers at any time. These Officers are also able to respond immediately to emergency situations, and prevent criminal activity through deterrence, or by apprehending offenders.
Members of the campus community make valuable contributions in the area of crime prevention by reporting suspicious activities. If someone is acting suspiciously, or appears to be committing a crime, do not hesitate to report it to the Department of Public Safety.
Using common sense and some basic personal security measures while on campus can assist in reducing the numbers of potential criminal opportunities and enhance not only your own personal safety but also that of the whole community. The following short list is provided to assist you with personal safety:
- Don't make your daily routine or class schedules public knowledge. If people know you will be away from your room at a certain time, the risk of thefts is increased.
- Do not allow people to enter your residence hall through room windows or by propping alarmed doors. If they do not want to enter the residence halls through the main doors they do not belong inside.
- Propping open doors and leaving residence rooms unlocked is an invitation to a crime: one which may endanger the safety and the lives of you as well as others. ALWAYS lock your door!
- Do not leave laptops, books, gym bags, or jackets unattended anywhere on campus.
- When leaving campus for the city, use a certain amount of caution. You may find yourself in an unfamiliar area. It is always best to travel with friends and to remain alert to what is happening around you at all times.
- DO NOT sign in guests you do not know, even for a friend or roommate. YOU will be held responsible for their conduct and behavior while on campus.
- When walking alone on campus at night, call Public Safety for an Officer to escort you. This service is provided for your benefit and safety.
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