Crime Prevention and General Safety Tips

Residence Hall Safety Tips

  • Take responsibility for your own security.
  • Keep your room door locked at all times. It only takes seconds for items to disappear.
  • Don't give out your dorm security code.
  • If you lose your key, report it immediately.
  • Help keep the residence hall entrance doors secure. Don't prop them open.
  • Don't bring valuable jewelry, antiques or heirlooms to campus.
  • Record model and serial numbers of your stereo equipment, computers, ipods, televisions and appliances. You can register these items with University Police and request to have an ID number or name engraved on them.
  • Don't make purchases from door to door sales people. It is against university policy and more often than not, these are con artists focusing on college students.
  • Keep a close eye on your cash, credit cards and checkbook. Pay particular attention to checks missing from the middle of your checkbook.
  • Don't bring firearms or other weapons such as knives, swords, air powered guns, bows and arrows or fireworks on campus. It is a violation of state law and it puts everyone else at risk.


Vehicle Security Tips

  • Keep your car doors locked and windows up at all times.
  • Don't leave purses, wallets or other valuable items in plain view. Put them under the seat, in the trunk or take them with you. Thieves take items they can see so don't give them an easy target.
  • Stereos, speakers and CD's are favorite targets for thieves, even if your doors are locked..
  • Park your vehicle in well-lit and well traveled areas.
  • If you have a bicycle, record the brand name, model and serial numbers and register it with NC State University Transportation for free by clicking here


Active Shooter Safety Tips

  • Get out of the building or leave the area immediately if possible
  • Secure immediate area by locking and barricading doors.
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Block windows
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors
  • Silence cell phones
  • Avoid public restrooms if possible
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover behind concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets and anything else that may help protect you from bullets.
  • Remember that the shooter will not likely stop shooting until engaged by an outside force.
  • Consider risks before un-securing rooms
  • Attempts to rescue people should only be attempted if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area.


Dialing 9-1-1 - What to Report

  • Your specific location - building name and room number
  • Your name and call-back number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries - number injured and what types of injuries
  • Assailant Information- if pertinent - number of suspects, their location, race and gender, clothing description, physical features and types of weapons they have (long gun or hand gun), backpack and the shooters identity if known.


If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit by email or by phone at 919-515-5963.