Crime Prevention and Campus Safeguards

At Home, in an Apartment Building or in a Residence Hall

  1. Keep your room door locked when you are napping or sleeping. Lock the door behind you every time you leave.
  2. Never let unauthorized persons come into your room or enter residence halls. If you are not sure ask to see their Drury ID.
  3. Never prop open interior or exterior doors.
  4. Do not hide keys outside of your room or apartment. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  5. Avoid working or studying alone in a campus building.
  6. Never dress in front of a window. Close blinds or curtains after dark.
  7. If you are awakened by an intruder inside of your room, do not attempt to apprehend the intruder. Try to get an accurate description of the intruder, move to a place of safety and call the police.
  8. Immediately report any suspicious activity or persons to Drury Safety & Security.

While Walking or Jogging

  1. Avoid walking or jogging alone, and try not to walk or jog after dark.
  2. Avoid dark or vacant areas. Walk along well-lit routes.
  3. Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction, go to the other side of the street and yell for help, or move quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or a Drury emergency phone.
  4. Have your keys ready when returning to your residence hall or apartment. Keep your personal or valuable items concealed and close to your body.
  5. Keep your cell phone out in your hand and visible.
  6. Avoid wearing headphones when walking or jogging. Always be aware of your surroundings and practice risk avoidance techniques.
  7. Call Safety & Security for an escort.

While Driving

  1. Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly.
  2. Always check underneath your car upon approach and in the rear seat for intruders before entering your car. Scan around the area for suspicious people before approaching your car.
  3. Lock your doors and keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
  4. Drive on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
  5. Never hitchhike, and never pick up hitchhikers.
  6. If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, sound the horn and drive to a safe area such as a convenience store.
  7. If you think someone is following you, make a series of four right turns. If they are still behind you, drive to a police station, fire station or well-lit business with lots of people around.
  8. If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police. Do not allow any person access to you or inside your car. Roll down your window no more than an inch. Be aware that an accident may be staged to provide the other driver an opportunity to commit a criminal act.
  9. At traffic lights, leave enough room between your car and the one ahead so you can drive around if necessary.
  10. Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.
  11. Limit distractions such as cell phones.