Safety Advice

The Office of University Police makes every effort to see that criminal activity does not occur on campus; however, not all crime can be prevented. No college/university is immune to crime. Your personal safety is important to us. We would like to give you some safety tips that will give you the right attitudes and actions so that you can protect yourself, your belongings, fellow students and your campus. Campus safety depends on everyone.

Personal Safety
Be alert to your surroundings and the people around you -- especially if you are alone or it is dark.

  • Familiarize yourself with the location of telephones and "Emergency Call Boxes."
  • Call extension 911 or 610-282-1002 if you feel unsafe.
  • Stay on well-traveled paths in open areas. Avoid dark, concealed, or unpopulated areas.
  • Follow your gut instincts; if your intuition tells you that you are at risk, try to leave the situation quickly.
  • Avoid intoxicating substances and criminal activity.
  • If possible, walk with a friend -- even during daylight hours.
  • Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace.
  • If you feel you are being followed, walk quickly to areas where there are other people. If in danger, screaming or yelling loudly will attract attention.
  • Personal Alarms can be purchased.

Property Protection

  • Secure your valuables and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Report lost items to DeSales University Police. A lost-and-found department is maintained by the office.
  • When leaving your dorm or apartment, make sure that all doors and windows are locked - including the main building entry and exits.
  • Don't carry large sums of money.
  • Wireless alarm systems for dorm rooms can be purchased locally.
  • In order to protect your personal property, never leave it unattended.
  • If you are studying in a classroom or in the library, or eating in the cafeteria, make sure you take your property with you if you leave your study area for whatever reason.
  • If you have an office on campus, always lock your door when you leave, even if you are going to be out for just a few minutes.
  • If you ride a bicycle to campus, make sure that you lock it with a heavy chain and padlock, and always secure it to a proper bicycle rack. Do not lock them in doorways or stairway railings.

Rest Rooms

  • Take coats, purses and books into the stall with you.
  • Place jewelry and watches in your pocket or purse while washing so they remain with you when you leave.

Books and Tools

  • Mark these with your name and driver's license number.
  • Do not leave laying around.


  • Do not take valuables into gym or lockers.
  • Have a lock on your locker at all times.
  • If you notice suspicious persons in the locker room call DeSales University Police at 610-282-1002.


  • Keep locked at all times.
  • Do not leave valuables (laptops, speakers, CDs, book bags) in vehicles.
  • Always lock your car and take your keys with you.
  • Be sure your windows are secured.
  • All packages should be hidden in the trunk when the car is left unattended.
  • Never leave valuables inside a car visible — including stereo systems.
  • Never leave items containing your name or address visible in your car.
  • Install a quality anti-theft device which disables the electrical and fuel systems of the vehicle.

Safety in Parking Lots

  • Have your keys in your hand so that you don't have to search for them when you reach your vehicle.
  • Before getting into your vehicle, visually inspect the interior for anything suspicious.
  • As soon as you enter your vehicle, lock all the doors and turn on your headlights.
  • When you park at night, try to park close to a light or in a well-lit area.
  • Campus Police escorts are available if you feel unsafe. Call 610-282-1002.

How to Deal with Annoying or Harassing Phone Calls or Texts

  • Most often the caller is looking for a reaction to the call. Do not react to it. Don't ask questions to the caller (i.e. "Who is this?") as this is what they would like you to do.
  • Disconnect promptly and gently.
  • Call campus police at 610-282-1002 to report harassment.

In An Elevator

  • Press the alarm button if the elevator becomes impaired while in operation. Police will respond as quickly as possible. Remain inside until help arrives. Only trained elevator personnel are authorized to remove trapped occupants. No one else should attempt to release them or to force the elevator door open.

Off Campus

  • Walk or jog with a friend. Avoid jogging after dark. If you must, stay in well-lit areas; walk midpoint between curbs and buildings and away from alleys and bushes.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Don't fight back if your purse or wallet is snatched. Turn it over to the thief rather than risk personal injury, and call the police immediately.
  • Be careful when patronizing ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines). Accessing ATMs in remote locations, particularly after nightfall, could expose you to risk of robbery and personal injury.
  • Avoid working or studying alone in a public-access building at night.


No police department can operate without the cooperation and support of the people it serves. The concept of crime prevention invites all segments of the college community to actively participate in the reduction of crime.

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