Crime Prevention Tips

Consider the following tips that can be used to prevent campus crime:

  • Lock your door whenever you leave your room or office.
  • Lock your windows whenever you leave your room, especially if you are on the ground floor.
  • Place your valuables out of sight and not leaving valuables unattended anywhere on campus. Avert temptation.
  • Take valuables with you when you leave campus.
  • Request identification of service people working in your area. If still uncertain, call the Campus Care office at extension 7031 during office hours or or the Office of Campus Safety at extension 7777 or 503-510-6430.
  • Keep a record of serial numbers, models, brand names, and description of all your valuables. Also keep a record of all your charge account numbers in a safe place.
  • Always lock bicycles with high quality locks.
  • Keep information about travel plans and habits should be kept confidential.
  • Keep keys safe at all times. Report any missing keys to Campus Care at extension 7031 immediately.
  • Report all thefts or suspicious activity, no matter how small, to Campus Safety.

Additional information on safety planning help is available by sending us an email to or calling 503-589-8152.

Be aware of the following suspicious signs. Follow the reporting procedures above if any of them are observed:

  • Any signs of tampering with your vehicle, belongings, or doors and windows.
  • An unfamiliar person who:
    • Follows you
    • Enters a neighbor’s room or office.
    • Loiters on or about the campus,
    • Tries to break into a car, or
    • Repeatedly drives around on or near campus.
    • Tries to coax you into a vehicle, to deliver or handle their property, or trying to solicit items to you.
  • Anyone who won’t take “no” for an answer.
  • A scream or a call for help.
  • A whistle or horn blowing.

Rape/Assault Prevention:

Anyone can be a victim of rape or sexual assault. Be aware of the different possibilities and be prepared to take whatever actions necessary. Consider personal safety training and/or consultation. Please contact the Director of Campus Safety for helpful resources.

When walking or driving:

  • Keep all your senses available. Do not use “Walkman” type earphones while jogging after dark.
  • Walk with confidence. Display outrage, not fear, if threatened,.
  • If you feel endangered, yell. Scream “HELP!” or “POLICE!” and run away. Honk your horn and use other strategies to draw attention to the situation.
  • Use physical violence to defend yourself if threatened.

When on a date or in social settings:

  • Know yourself and your own capabilities. Set limits early and communicate those limits. The first line of defense is a clear set of values and assertive communication.
  • Try to find an easy and early way out of potential date rape situations.
  • Do not eat or drink things that you have not been in control of the preparation, delivery, or supervision.
  • Trust your intuition and act on it.
  • Use physical violence to defend yourself if threatened. If you feel threatened, the law says that you may have already been assaulted.

When in your residence:

  • Lock your doors and windows at night.
  • Do not talk with obscene callers.
  • Be cautious about your online activity.
  • Do not open your door to anyone you do not recognize. If someone suspicious is near your residence call 911 or Campus Safety.

Click here for information about reporting a rape, sexual assault, or an attempted attack