Aug. 13, 2004

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Contact: Schuyler Bailey, KU Public Safety, (785) 864-5906.

KU Public Safety Office provides tips for students to avoid becoming crime victims

LAWRENCE -- Although the University of Kansas campus has a very low incidence of reported crime, the KU Public Safety Office is offering tips to incoming freshmen and returning students to help them take proper precautions against becoming a victim of crime.

Capt. Schuyler Bailey said staying safe often was a matter of common sense. He listed 10 ways students can improve their own safety:

 • Don't walk, jog or run alone, especially at night.
 • Don't take shortcuts through poorly lit areas.
 • Don't leave property unattended.
 • Don't leave blinds or curtains open.
 • Don't leave doors unlocked, even in apartments or residence halls.
 • Don't leave vehicles unlocked or unattended during move-in.
 • Don't drink alcohol, or drink in moderation. Alcohol impairs judgment.
 • Never accept a drink from a stranger.
 • Use transportation and escort options including KU on Wheels, SafeRide and JayWalk.
 • Know the location of the emergency phones and report suspicious activity.

"We realize the start of a new school year is a time for new adventures and excitement, but we also want everyone to be safe while they are having fun," Bailey said.

Each fall, the Department of Student Housing provides a "Safe and Secure" poster for students living in residence halls, scholarship halls and Jayhawker Towers. The poster provides tips on sensible safety practices, information about theft prevention, emergency phone numbers and a reference to more information at www.ku.edu/safety/.

Diana Robertson, associate director of student housing at KU, said safety information including tornado and fire emergency plans also was shared with students during initial floor meetings at each hall.

For more information visit www.ku.edu/~kucops/resources/safety.shtml.

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