Campus crime prevention is a way to make JCU a safer place to live and learn. By becoming aware of the crimes that occur most often on campus, you can learn ways to reduce your chances of becoming a victim, and, ultimately, prevent crime.
The John Carroll University Police Department is concerned with the safety of each and every member of the JCU community, and does its part to promote crime prevention. A few ways that you can prevent crime are detailed below.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, affecting half a million new victims each year. In the course of a day, you may write a check at the drugstore, charge tickets to a concert, call home on your cell phone, or apply for a credit card. Chances are you don’t give these routine transactions a second thought. But, others do.
Individuals need to be actively involved in protecting their personal information. To learn more on how to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft, or what to do if you are a victim, visit the Federal Trade Commission website at www.ftc.gov. To report identity theft, contact JCUPD at 216.397.1234.
If you only remember one crime prevention tip, it’s this:
The most effective precaution against crime is to be aware of what is happening around you, all the time.
- Keep cash out of sight, and only carry enough money around that you’ll need for the day.
- Keep your doors locked – day or night – and don’t let strangers in your room.
- Don’t lend out your keys or leave your door unlocked for a friend. And don’t prop open exterior doors.
- Avoid shortcuts, dark alleys, and secluded places.
- Never drink and drive. If you do, you may become the victim and the criminal.
- Lock your bike to a fixed object, and use a U-shaped lock for security.
- Always lock your car and take the keys with you. Put books and other items you aren’t carrying to class in the trunk, out of sight.
- Don’t leave your books laying around unattended.
- Know the locations of emergency or public telephones. DIAL 911 – it’s free – or JCUPD if you feel unsafe or are afraid in a situation.
- If you do become a victim of crime, call JCUPD immediately. We can help you, and we know places and people to refer you to who have experience helping victims of crime.
- Don’t bring expensive items to campus. If you think they’re valuable, chances are so does someone else.
- Report suspicious behavior to building staff or JCUPD as soon as you can, you may help prevent yourself or others from being victimized.
- Don’t hitchhike, pick up hitchhikers, or ride with a stranger.
- Don’t walk alone. Ask one of your friends to walk with you, or travel in groups — especially at night.
- If you have a personal computer, engrave an identification number on it and keep it in a locked place.