Safety Tips


When Walking or Jogging Alone:  

  • Stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.
  • Use the Blue Light Phones located throughout the Grounds.
  • Know the Grounds. Find out what buildings are open late where you can summon help if needed.
  • Vary your route and schedule.
  • Avoid walking or jogging at night.
  • Wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Consider not wearing headphones as they limit what you can hear.

Safety in your Dorm or Apartment:  

  • Never allow Strangers to follow you into the building. If Observed, notify the University Police immediately.
  • Never Prop open card reader doors or leave room doors open.
  • Secure doors and windows prior to leaving.
  • Call 911 if you see someone in the building who does not belong.

Personal Safety:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid isolated areas.
  • Avoid walking alone at night. Use the Safe Ride Service or walk with friends.
  • Use the lighted pathway system.
  • Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return.
  • Notify police immediately of suspicious or criminal activity.
  • Never leave your cup unattended. 

Suspicious Packages:

  • Identifying suspicious packages can be difficult. If you are uncertain about a package, call your local police department.

In The Car:

  • Keep your car in good running condition to avoid breakdown.
  • Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips.
  • Have enough gas money to get you to your destination and back.
  • Drive with all car doors locked.
  • Keep windows rolled up.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.

Fire Safety:

  • Activate the fire alarm if you detect a fire in a building.
  • Exit by the nearest stairway.
  • Call 911 or use a Blue Light Phone to notify emergency personnel.
  • Attempt to extinguish the fire only if you can do so safely.
  • Learn the locations of the emergency exits and fire equipment.
  • Always exit the building in the event of a fire alarm.

Property Security:

  • Never leave textbooks, purses, or book bags unattended.
  • Secure cash, checkbooks, and credit cards in a safe place.
  • Carry only small amounts of cash.
  • Call 911 immediately to report lost or stolen property.
  • Notify Business Operations immediately to report lost or stolen student I.D. cards.

Bicycle Security:

  • Invest in a good lock, such as a U-shaped hardened steel padlock.
  • Lock the bike frame and wheels to a bike rack (not trees, posts, etc.).
  • Register your bicycle with the University of Virginia Police.
  • Use a helmet and obey all traffic laws.

Computer Safety:

  • Do not leave laptops unattended.
  • Record the serial number of the computer, equipment, etc.
  • Use anchor security devices to lock personal computers.

Vehicle Security:

  • Keep your vehicle locked when its parked and when you drive.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view. Lock them in trunk.
  • Park Near light posts.
  • Report suspicious activity immediately.

Identity Theft:

Click Here for information from ITS on how to protect yourself from Identity Theft.