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Personal Safety / Theft Protection

Know the telephone number for your campus police department

Claiborne | 423.851.4778

Greeneville | 423.798.7961

Morristown | 423.585.6752

Sevierville | 865.774.5813

  • Program personal numbers into your cell phone
  • Learn where campus emergency (red box and blue light) phones are located and learn how to use them
  • All classrooms and office phones are capable of dialing 911 in an emergency
  • Familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus
  • Plan the safest route to your destination. Travel, walk, or park in well lighted areas and with a companion whenever possible
  • Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends and give them your telephone numbers
  • Call campus police for an escort if you are uncomfortable
  • Keep your car in good repair and always lock your doors
  • Store packages or valuables in the trunk or out of sight
  • Never carry large sums of money
  • When you carry a purse, keep it firmly in your hand with the clasp near your body
  • Males should always carry their wallet in a front pocket
  • If you must walk alone, use good judgment in avoiding any areas that present obvious danger and walk along sidewalks closer to the street when passing alleyways, bushes, or other obstructions
  • Whenever possible try to walk facing traffic
  • If someone is following you, change direction and go to the nearest occupied location for help
  • Never wear clothes that make safe movement hard, such as high heels or tight pants
  • Be cautious when using elevators; stand near the buttons and get off immediately if you are suspicious of other occupants
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times, making eye contact with those you meet
  • Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack

ATM and Cyber Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • Do not use the ATM after dark unless someone else escorts you and the area is well lit.
  • Do not continue a transaction if you feel uncomfortable.
  • Pay attention to people who come up to the machine and wait in line. Make eye contact with the individuals.
  • Do not count or display money at the ATM.
  • Never leave your statement and transaction receipt at the ATM.
  • Do not assist others who may be having difficulty using the ATM.
  • Do not give your PIN to anyone. Do not write your PIN on items in your wallet or purse.
  • Never give your password to anyone
  • Change your password frequently
  • Do not allow others access to your email account
  • Do not put personal information or photos on your web page and do not give personal information that can identify where you live to social networking sites
  • Never leave your computer/laptop unattended
  • Shop online only with reputable companies that you are familiar with
  • Use a secure browser that will encrypt or scramble purchase information
  • Update you virus software regularly
  • Do not download files sent to you by strangers or click on hyperlinks from people you don't know
  • Be aware of unsolicited e-mail requests for personal information

Securing Valuables

  • Lock your doors every time you leave your office
  • Never leave items of value unattended to include but not limited to: books, computers, calculators, iPhone, iPod, cell phone, purse/wallet, backpack unattended in libraries, classrooms, offices, study and vending areas etc.
  • Employees should keep purses, wallets and other valuables in a secure location, i.e, locked in a drawer, or your trunk etc.
  • Never lend keys to anyone as many keys can be easily duplicated

Vehicle Safety

  • Carry a cell phone for emergency communication
  • Never let fuel level get below ¼ tank
  • Drive on well-traveled streets and keep your car in gear while it is stopped
  • Allow at least one car length space between your car and the car in front of you so that you can escape should someone try to get into your car by pulling away.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and check your rear view mirror often
  • Keep doors locked and windows shut and keep valuables out of sight; either covered or in the trunk
  • Never give rides to people you do not know
  • Lock your vehicle and keep the key separate from your purse or backpack or pocket the key
  • Remember to lock the trunk, hatchback or the tailgate of station wagon
  • Close all vehicle windows and lock the vent wings
  • Don't leave vehicle registration, insurance policies, credit cards or other important papers in the vehicle glove compartment
  • Do not place a mini replica of a license plate or personal identification on a vehicle's key ring
  • Store a spare key in your wallet, not inside or outside your vehicle since thieves know all the hiding places
  • Do not disconnect the buzzer that warns you of keys left in the ignition
  • Use a locking gas cap, not only to prevent theft of gasoline, but to limit a thief to the amount of driving he can do on one tank.
  • Always park in a well-lighted and busy area
  • Always keep your car serviced to avoid breakdowns in deserted areas.
  • If your car breaks down on the highway, raise the hood and turn on emergency flashers, stay inside the car with the doors locked, wait for police.
  • If your vehicle breaks down and someone stops to assist you, stay in your vehicle and ask them to contact the police
  • When approaching your vehicle have your key in hand for quick entry.

How to report safety concerns

  • Contact the campus police department

REMEMBER A SAFE CAMPUS IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY