Take a moment to learn about some of the most common campus safety concerns, including: Doors and Windows, Keys, Reporting a crime or an emergency, If you witness a crime and Alarmed areas.
Doors and Windows
- One of the most persistent security problems found on campus is the propping open of doors that are intended to be closed and/or locked.
- Whenever a door that is supposed to be secured is propped open, the safety and security of the whole building is compromised.
- A propped open door is an open invitation to the thief.
- In addition, propped doors also provide an easy route for the travel of smoke and fire within a building. In fact, certain doors, such as those leading into a stairwell or opening into certain corridors for example, are required by law to be closed and latched; by propping these doors, you will be violating the law in addition to jeopardizing the safety of others.
- After entering through a locked door, be sure the door relocks behind you. If the door does not close properly, take a few moments and report the problem to Physical Plant Department. Be sure to report any malfunction locking hardware as well.
- Don't forget the windows. Once a window has been opened, the person responsible often forgets and leaves it open, thus providing another easy means to enter the building. Make sure you lock windows at the end of the day and report any problems with the window's operation or locking hardware.
- Numerous electronic intrusion detection systems have been installed in various parts of the University.
- You may come into contact with areas or rooms that have been equipped with these alarm systems. Do not enter unless you are certain the alarm system has been disarmed and remember not to assume that the alarm is off during normal business hours.
- There are a number of alarmed areas that are disarmed only on occasional basis. At all other times including normal business hours these systems are armed.
- Alarmed areas can be identified by a red and white warning sticker affixed to perimeter doors. Please remember that entry into an alarmed area can generate a nuisance alarm and can be dangerous to you and the officers responding to the alarm.
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