- The best defense is a good offense. Awareness and planning can lessen your chances of becoming a victim of crime.
- Walk with a friend or friends. Be aware of your surroundings. Avoid distractions like cell phones, Ipods, etc.
- Walk in well-lighted areas and well-established paths. Ask for security escorts if you feel uncomfortable walking. Know the locations of emergency telephones.
Theft: Don't Be a Victim
- Look around your vehicle when walking towards it. If you see anyone that seems suspicious, walk away and call Campus Security. Have your keys in your hand to your vehicle or residence. Carry your purse or backpack close to your body and with a tight grip.
- Do not leave items unattended. Backpacks, books, laptop computers, cell phones and Ipods left on tables are easy targets.
- Always lock your doors, even at home. Most thefts in residence halls occur when a door is left unlocked for just a few minutes.
- Lock your vehicle doors and put valuables in the trunk. If your stereo has a detachable face plate, remove it.
- Record all your valuables and write down the serial numbers. Consider engraving an identification number on your items.
- Lock your bicycle with a good quality lock.
- Don't carry identification in your checkbook. Always keep your credit cards secure.
- The legal drinking age in Kansas is 21. Underage drinking has legal consequences. Drinking on campus has additional consequences.
- Having a good time doesn't require alcohol.
- Always have a designated driver.
Sexual Assault Awareness
- Be aware of who you're with and where you are. Heavy drinking and sexual assault often go hand in hand.
- Use common sense in where you go, who you go with and what you do. Do not put yourself in a vulnerable situation. Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Note open businesses if you should need to ask for help.
- Avoid walking alone; walk in a group, or call Security for an escort.
- When at a bar or party, do not take an open or poured drink from a stranger. Do not drink from a beverage left unattended.
- Accepting rides from strangers or casual acquaintances can be risky.
- Do not feel obligated to be friendly or helpful. Stand back and shout, if necessary.
- Keep car and home doors locked at all times.
- Counselors are available on the El Dorado and Andover campuses.
- Other resources are the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (316-263-0185), WASAC Crisis Line (316-263-3002), or www.wichitasac.com; Rape Crisis Hotline 316-321-7491.
- If a crime has occurred, immediately call 911 and follow instructions. Then call Campus Security for immediate response.