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Campus Safety Tips

  • Don’t take chances with your safety when walking.
  • Save the Eastern Police phone number in your phone (860)465-5310 and don’t hesitate to contact police when something is suspicious.
  • Eastern Police Department will provide campus escorts anywhere on campus. Call the police for an escort, rather than walk alone.
  • If there are emergencies, call 9-1-1.
  • Sign-up for the Eastern Campus Alert System (instructions are on Eastern’s website).
  • Don’t walk alone/Walk in groups (especially at night).
  • Use public walkways (rather than wooded paths or shortcuts).
  • Avoid walking to establishments and local areas that you are not familiar with.
  • Be alert! Be aware of your surroundings.
  • When possible, walk facing traffic. Walk confidently. Notice who passes you and who is behind you.
  • Pay attention to people/cars around you and be aware of any suspicious situations/people.
  • Be familiar with the location of the emergency call boxes/phones on campus.
  • If something is suspicious, don’t hesitate to run to one to activate it.
  • Display proper body language to show you are aware of things happening around you.
  • Walk in well-lighted areas. Do not walk near bushes, alleys, etc.
  • Wear clothing and shoes that give you freedom of movement and reflect light.
  • Do not overburden yourself with bags or packages that might make running difficult when walking at night.
  • If someone in a car stops you to ask for directions/information, always reply from a safe distance—never getting too close to the vehicle.
  • If an auto driver persists in bothering you, cross the street and walk/run in the opposite direction.
  • If you feel someone is following you, turn around and check. Proceed to the nearest lighted house or place of business.
  • If you feel you are in danger, do not be afraid to yell and run.
  • Carry as little cash as possible. Hold your purse tightly, close to your body.
  • Keep your wallet in a front pocket, button hip pocket or inside coat pocket.
  • Always hide your valuables; and do not leave personal information on display.
  • Have your keys in hand, and be ready to enter the vehicle.
  • Avoid hitchhiking.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Avoid parking close to large vehicles; it decreases your ability to see the area around you.
  • Keep your car doors locked--while you are in the vehicle, and when you leave your vehicle.
  • Do not prop entrance doors to the residence halls.
  • Don’t leave your residence hall room/suite door unlocked if you are leaving.