Campus Personal Security Awareness
- Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled areas.
- Use The Bowdoin Shuttle at 725-3337. If not, use the buddy system.
- Know the locations of campus blue light emergency phones.
- Check out your car interior and your surroundings before opening the door.
- Always lock your vehicle and keep valuable property out of sight.
- Park in well-lighted areas.
- Have your car and residence keys in hand.
- Stay alert. Send the message you are calm, confident, and know where you are going.
- Trust your instincts - if someone or something makes you uneasy, walk directly to a place where there are other people.
- Report the presence of suspicious or unauthorized persons on campus.
- Try to use public ATMs only during the daytime - have your card ready and don't approach it if you feel uneasy about the people nearby.
- Don't flash large amounts cash or valuable property.
- Immediately inform Security of any bullying, victimizations, or threats.
- Walk away from other students who are being verbally aggressive. Seek help from Security, faculty, or a friend.
- Stand up for yourself by being assertive, but not aggressive, with potential victimizers.
- Make friends and socialize with other students. This could help prevent being singled out by an aggressor.
- Enroll in violence prevention classes (e.g., FAST Defense) to learn about the protective skills needed to avoid threatening situations, including recognizing danger, critical thinking and decision making.
- Learning self-defense helps to avoid victimization. Weaponless sports such as Karate, Judo, and Jujitsu are excellent options for becoming skillful in self-defense.
- Dress in a non-controversial manner, avoiding gang-related apparel and provocative clothing.
- Don't let unauthorized people "tailgate" through card access controlled doors into residence halls.
- Exterior doors to residence halls are locked at all times. Please help keep unwanted guests or intruders from entering your living area by monitoring who you allow into your residence.
- Keep doors locked at all times. Never prop doors. Do not loan your keys. Report lost or stolen cards immediately so that your card can be deactivated.
- Always lock doors and windows at night. Never compromise your safety for a roommate who asks you to leave the door unlocked.
- Do not leave identification, wallets, checkbooks, jewelry, cameras, laptops, iPods and other valuables in open view.
- Program your phone's speed dial memory with emergency numbers that include family and friends.
- Know your neighbors and don't be reluctant to report illegal activities and suspicious behavior.
Pre-Incident Assault Indicators
All people are born with the "Fight or Flight" response. We all have had "hunches" or "gut feelings" about someone or a situation before. Those little hairs that stand up on the back of your neck is your subconscious telling you that something isn't right and you need to respond to that.
You must not "shake it off" or tell yourself that you are being silly. Listen to your instincts and intuition.
There is a greater than 95% chance that your gut feeling or opinion, formed in the first 3 to 5 seconds, about a person or situation is correct.
It is your personal responsibility to listen to that inner voice and respond to it.
- Rely on your intuition. If it doesn't feel right...it's probably not right.
- Move beyond denial so that your intuition works for you.
- Be constantly aware of your surroundings.