Enhance the quality of life for the entire community by maintaining a secure and open environment where the safety of all is balanced with the rights of the individual. The Public Safety Department strives to accomplish this while adhering to its core values of Pride, Professionalism, and Service.
Crime Prevention – Personal Safety
- Do not give your name and address to strangers.
- Do not give out personal information over the telephone to people you do not know. (Social Security Number, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, address, etc.)
- When leaving your residence hall, campus, etc. let someone know where you are going.
- Walk with a friend. It is less likely that something will happen if there are two of you.
- Never walk alone at night. The Public Safety Office offers an escort service, which provides you with the assurance of safe travel on campus.
- Have your key ready to open your car doors, especially at night. Your keys can be a defensive weapon.
- Look inside your car before entering; also check vehicle for possible break-ins. Assailants sometimes hide in the back seat of a vehicle.
- Personal property should never be left unattended, even if it is only for a few minutes.
- Remember, take it with you or lock it up. Take your books and book bags to your table when you go to eat.
- Always make sure that the office or classroom door is locked if you should be working or studying late. Remember, never prop any door open for someone else.
Residence Hall Safety
As students you must take an active role in the security of your residence halls. This is your home – treat it as if it is your home. Don’t let people do things in the residence halls that you wouldn’t want them to do at your own home.
- You should report all incidents involving vandalism, theft, damage or persons in the residence hall that are not escorted or are suspicious in nature.
- When leaving your residence hall room, whether it is to visit a next-door neighbor or to use the restroom, always lock the door and take the key. Lock your door, even if you only plan on being gone a few minutes.
- Avoid keeping high value items and large amounts of cash in your residence. For valued items you do keep on hand, keep them out of sight and well hidden. The same procedure applies to your checkbook and your unused check supply as well.
- Engrave items of value and be sure to maintain a record of serial numbers of such items as personal computers, TVs radios, stereos, answering machines, cameras, etc. A copy of this record should also be maintained at another offsite location. You should engrave your driver’s license number and State on items. Driver’s license numbers are easier for police to track
- Don’t let strangers in the building or allow them to “tailgate” or follow you through after you open the door.
- Do not lend your room key, residence hall key or prop open doors. The residence hall is like your home; nobody should enter either one without you wanting them there.
- Entrance doors to the residence halls should never be propped open. The locks are designed to allow only residents of the hall to have access. Propping doors open will allow non-residents to enter, jeopardizing your and everyone else’s safety.
- All visitors, student and non-student, are required at all times to be escorted while in a residence hall by the person they are visiting.
- All suspicious person(s) need to be reported immediately to your RA or Public Safety.
- All crimes need to be reported immediately to your RA, Res. Life Professional Staff members or Public Safety.
- Do not leave notes on your door stating that you are not there. That is an invitation for some unwanted person to enter your room.
- Keep your shades drawn when changing clothes or retiring for the night.
Blue Light Boxes
There are four emergency Public Safety contact buttons and lights located on campus. Two are located in the rear parking lot by the Village and Bartlett Hall, and two are located in the North parking lot.
The “blue light” on top of the emergency button easily identifies the locations in the parking lots. Merely touching the large circle on the face of the unit pages a Public Safety Officer.
Thomas College community members are encouraged to use these buttons when they:
- Have a medical emergency
- Feel threatened
- Become a victim or witness to a crime
- Report a suspicious activity immediately
Laptop Theft Prevention
To help protect yourself against laptop theft, a service called Computrace can be purchased for $40-$80 per year. Many Dell and HP laptops now include Computrace in the BIOS of the computer, so purchasing the service can be done anytime. Some versions of this service even provide $1,000 if the laptop is not recovered within 60 days (the typical deduction for homeowners’ insurance).
Safety Whistle Program
Sponsored by Student Life and Public Safety
How to get a whistle:
Whistles are available for both men and women, day students, graduate students, residents, commuters, faculty and staff. Information is posted at the end of this e-mail regarding days/times this week the Safety Whistles will be available. These laser engraved tube Safety Whistles are light weight and are designed to be attached to key chains or ID wallets.
When to use a whistle:
Carrying a Safety Whistle is a significant responsibility and should be used ONLY if you feel threatened or need to call attention to an emergency situation.
Blowing a Safety Whistle without due cause will result in a firm judicial sanction. This sanction may include a minimum $100.00 fine and applies to all Thomas College community members regardless of a signed contract.
When you sign out or have a Safety Whistle in your possession, you are asked to:
- Understand that having a Safety Whistle is a significant responsibility.
- Understand that the Whistle should ONLY be used if you feel threatened, are in immediate danger, or if you need to call attention to an emergency situation.
- Understand that to blow the Whistle without due cause may result in a firm judicial fine of no less than $100.00.
If you hear the Safety Whistle being blown, you are asked to:
- Do your best to seek help by calling TC Public Safety immediately (x 399).
- Do your best to seek help by contacting Public Safety, a Resident Assistant, or another TC professional close to you.
- If able and safe, to approach a student blowing the TC Safety Whistle to ask how you might be helpful to them.