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Spring Break Safety Message

Student Services and University Police - Troy Campus

As you prepare this week to leave for the Spring Break, please keep these safety tips in mind as you are traveling and while you are away.

Before Leaving:

  • Do not advertise the fact that you will be away by telling anyone unknown to you that you will be traveling or by posting messages on the internet about your travel plans. Do not leave a message on your answering machine that you are away.
  • If living on or off campus, make sure to secure your room/apartment before leaving. Make sure the deadbolt lock is engaged.
  • Make sure all windows are locked and close all blinds.
  • Take small valuables with you. Do not leave money, jewelry, small electronics or credit cards in your room or apartment.
  • Make sure your have recorded the make, model and serial numbers of all items you leave in case something is stolen. If possible, take pictures of the items.
  • If living in an apartment, leave a light or install motion sensor or time delayed lighting that will come on periodically.
  • If you have trusted neighbors, let them know you will be away and ask them to keep a check on your residence.
  • If you have an alarm system on your residence, activate it upon leaving.
  • Report any suspicious persons in or around your residence prior to leaving.

While Traveling:

  • Use Alcohol Responsibly if you are of age. Never accept a drink from anyone you do not know. Never Drink and Drive!!
  • Do not text or use your cell phone while driving. Pull over at a safe location to use the phone.
  • Always lock your car doors while driving, and roll windows up far enough to keep anyone from reaching inside.
  • At stop signs and lights keep the car in gear and stay alert.
  • Travel well-lighted, busy streets and roads. You can spare those extra minutes it may take to avoid an unsafe area.
  • Keep your purse and other valuables out of sight, even when you are driving in your locked car.
  • Park in safe, well-lighted areas should you stop between the University and your destination.
  • Always lock your car, even for a short absence. And before unlocking your car, quickly check to make sure no one is hiding on your seats or floors, front and back.
  • Never pick up a hitchhiker. Even the most harmless-looking stranger can be dangerous. Don't find out. Be wary of strangers when you reach your destination. Go out in groups and stay with people you know at all times.
  • Upon leaving the campus, call your family or a friend and let them know you are leaving so they
  • will know what time to expect you. If you are traveling a long distance, check in with your family and friends periodically, so they know you are alright.

If you are staying in Troy over the break period, help your fellow Trojans by reporting any suspicious behavior or activity that occurs around you to the police immediately. It is far better for the police to be proactive and prevent an incident.

Enjoy your break and return to campus safely!!!

Herbert Reeves,
Dean of Student Services

Chief John McCall,
University Police

Last Updated: March 3, 2015


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