September is National Preparedness Month! As the semester kicks into full gear, we wanted to offer some safety tips designed for WVU students in the community. Our company’s mission is to prepare Morgantown for the unexpected, and an important part of that is knowing how to avoid danger in the first place. Check out these guidelines to stay safe on campus!
Stay Informed & Connected
- If you want to receive text or email alerts when something dangerous happens on (or near) campus, you can sign up for free at this link.
- The WVU police department provides a useful phone app for anyone who feels unsafe. LiveSafe enables direct and discreet two-way communication with WVU Police using text, photos, or video. The app also lets you virtually walk your friends and family home with SafeWalk.
General Tips for Safety
- When traveling at night, travel in a group or pair. This simple act can prevent your chances of becoming a victim of crime by as much as 90%.
- Stay on well-lit, well-used streets and plan your travel. Avoid short cuts and isolated areas.
- Know where emergency phones are located and don’t hesitate to use them, even if it turns out to be a false alarm.
- Be alert to your surroundings at all times and act confident. If you suspect someone may be following you, look at the person so they know you are alert.
- If you continue to be followed, change directions, go to the nearest store, or knock on the nearest house door and request someone call the police.
- Note a description of the person following you.
- If you are approached or attacked, your goal should be to get away as quickly as possible and get help. Don’t stay and fight.
- If an automobile is following you, change directions, look at the license plate number and remember it. Go to a store or the nearest house for assistance.
- When walking or on a trip, place your cash, credit cards and valuables in a safe, hard to find location.
- If you are approached by someone intent on accosting you in your residence hall, yell for help, pull the nearest fire alarm, or whatever may be necessary to get attention. For a personal ear-piercing attention-getter, come pick up our key ring alarm!
Sexual Assault Prevention
- Know your limits and communicate them clearly and firmly. Decide what you are willing to do sexually. Never assume that others know how you feel.
- Be aware of people who are disrespectful to you. This includes someone who tries to make you feel guilty for saying “no,” doesn’t respect your limits, tries to get you drunk or gives you drugs.
- Trust your feelings. Leave if you feel uncomfortable. Nothing — not even previous consensual sex — entitles anyone to force someone else to perform sexual acts.
- Be aware of your surroundings and avoid secluded places, especially with someone you don’t know well.
- If you are concerned about your drinks being tampered with while you’re out on the town, you can come pick up this test kit!
- Unlocked residence hall rooms
- Unlocked apartments
- Libraries (unattended book bags and belongings)
- Gym locker rooms and parking lots
- For door and window alarms to prevent theft, come pick up our mini alarm package for less than $20!