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University Police and Campus Safety
University of Mississippi

Safety Tips

Ole Miss Students are more often the victims rather than the perpetrators of crime. Using some simple safety precautions will greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim of crime.

Protecting yourself at home, in your room, residential hall, or apartment

  • Lock your door, even when you intend to return home shortly or even if you are just going down the hall. It takes a thief ten seconds or less to enter an open room and steal your property.
  • Lock or secure doors and windows when you are alone or asleep.
  • Do not leave valuables lying out in plain sight. Record the serial number of your valuables or engrave your drivers license or social security number on the item.
  • Keep emergency numbers by your phone.
  • Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you are away and when you will return.
  • Do not let strangers enter residential halls or premises.
  • Do not prop open outer doors.
  • If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to call for them instead of allowing them access.
  • Do not put your address on your key ring.
  • Know your neighbors.
  • Do not leave keys in hiding places. Thieves will find them. Carry your keys or make sure that anyone who truly needs them has their own copy.
  • Call (662) 915-7234 to report suspicious persons or activity in or around your neighborhood. Off campus, call 911.
  • Open a savings or checking account instead of keeping money in your room.
  • Keep automatic teller machine cards in a safe place, keep your PIN number secret. When possible, only use ATM’s during the day.
  • If you find yourself in immediate danger, call 9-911; try to stay calm and get away at first opportunity.

Protect yourself when walking

  • Avoid walking alone at night unless absolutely necessary.
  • Keep to well lit, commonly traveled routes.
  • Avoid shortcuts and dark, isolated areas.
  • Walk purposefully, know where you are going, project a no-nonsense image.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  • If you feel threatened, cross the street, locate an emergency phone, or enter a store or place of business even if you have just left it.
  • Have your door keys ready; carry them in your pockets, not buried in a purse.

Protect your auto or bicycle

  • Always lock your car. Never leave the windows down while it is unattended.
  • Do not leave tempting valuables or property visible inside the car. Lock these items in the trunk.
  • Lock bikes to bike racks with hardened-alloy locks and chains or u-shaped locks to prevent thefts.

Protecting yourself when driving

  • Look into your car before getting in. Lock doors and roll up windows once inside for protection.
  • Never pick up strangers.
  • Drive to a police or fire station or open place of business if you feel you are being followed.
  • Do not stop to help occupants of stopped or disabled vehicles. Continue driving to the nearest phone and call assistance for them.
  • Raise the hood, then lock yourself into your car if it breaks down. If someone stops and offers you help, remain in your car and ask them to phone for help. Do not worry about seeming rude.