Crime PreventionWalking Around ANYWHERE
Moving around campus, or anywhere for that matter, is something we "just do." While the IIT Main Campus is a safe place, it is not crime-proof. Therefore, take a common sense approach when walking on or off campus and DON'T BE A TARGET:
• Plan your way in advance and use well-traveled routes.
• Avoid dark or deserted areas. Don’t take short cuts through alleys, parks, or vacant lots, especially at night.
• Avoid being maneuvered into alleyways, doorways, or cars.
• Be aware of those around you and if you think you’re being followed, cross the street, change direction, or go to a public place where others are present.
• Never accept a ride or get too close to a car if someone is asking for directions.
• Walk with confidence and always keep moving. Don’t wear headphones, ear buds, or talk on your phone.
• Try to walk in pairs during the day and, if out at night, absolutely have a companion with you.
• Use well-lighted walkways, keep your purse under your arm, and wallet in your back pocket.
• Don’t carry too many packages. Keep one hand free.
• Plan ahead so you don’t have to use an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). If you must use one, select one located in a busy area.
• Always have your keys handy.
• Carry enough cash to call a cab if you are in an unfamiliar area or neighborhood.
• In case of danger, yell “get away”, throw your books, or anything you are carrying, and RUN to where other people are.
• Don’t stand and fight. It is not worth the possibility of getting hurt.
• If you are physically attacked, kick, punch, pull hair, bite, poke eyes, yell, and scream. The point is to either get away FAST or draw attention to you.
• If you are on the Main Campus, go to the nearest blue-light Emergency Telephone or call 808.6363. If you are off campus, call the police by dialing 911.
On The Bus? On The Train? Riding the'L'?
Stay safe and get where you are going safely. Take a common sense approach and DON'T BE A TARGET:
• Choose a seat near the bus driver or train conductor.
• Avoid isolated bus or train stops.
• Don’t fall asleep!
• Keep your belongings on your lap.
• Be prepared and know the schedules and the route you are taking.
Driving Around ANYWHERE
Drive around Chicago and see the sights. Remember, take a common sense approach to safety and DON'T BE A TARGET:
• Drive with your doors locked and windows up.
• Know where you are going.
• Parking in well-lit, well-traveled areas.
• Use a steering wheel lock or car alarm.
• Keep your packages out of view. Don’t keep things like purses or briefcases on the passenger seat.
• Check your front and back seat before you get in the car.
• Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
• If a car bumps you from behind, be careful. Stay in your car and wait for the other person to get out of their car. If you sense suspicious behavior, pull away and call the police immediately.
• If your car breaks down, raise the hood and if possible, stay inside your car. If someone offers to help, do not open your window or door. Ask them to call the police or roadside assistance for you. Do not accept a ride.
• Carry a cellular telephone but don’t talk and drive.
• Never text while driving.
Home Sweet Home
Whether you live on or off campus or off, you need to protect yourself and where you live. So take a common sense approach to safety and DON'T BE A TARGET:
• Keep your doors and windows locked, even if you are at home
• Don’t let strangers into your home or residence hall/apartment/condo building.
• Be alert to strangers loitering around the building. If you see something suspicious, call the IIT Public Safety Department.
• Get to know your roommates and their friends.
• Never attach your name and address or identification card to your key ring.
• If you advertise something for sale, do not put your address on it.
• If you want to meet someone you don’t know, do so in a public place.
• Never leave a spare key under a mat, above the doorframe, or anywhere else you think nobody will find it—because they will.
• When you leave, never, ever, leave anything cooking on a stove or in an oven.
And remember, program the number 312.808.6363 for IIT Public Safety into your phones. You can also keep track of what’s happening on campus by following IIT Public Safety on Facebook.