Walking 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
  • Keep your phone hidden from view, and
  • Don’t wear headphones, earbuds, 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, but not visible.
  • 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, especially if a weapon is involved.
  • 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 yourself
  • If you are on the Main Campus, go to the nearest blue-light Emergency Telephone or call 312.808.6363. If you are off campus, call the police by dialing 911.