Personal Safety


Simple precautions can reduce the likelihood that you will become the victim of a crime. 


  • Be alert at all times:  Your safety depends mostly upon your own attitude and actions. Use common sense and do not place yourself in a location or situation to become a victim of crime.
     
  • Personal Whistle Safety Program: The Public Safety office has personal safety whistles available. These whistles signal your need for help, frighten away someone who means you harm, or alert those nearby to call the police or a public safety officer.
     
  • Report criminal activities or emergency situations:  For police, fire or medical emergencies, you may contact Public Safety by calling 2000 or 443-336-2348. You may also use any of the emergency phones throughout the campus. The campus community is encouraged to report all crimes and safety-related incidents to Public Safety or the Assistant Dean's Office as quickly as possible.
     
  • If you become aware of a crime, observe a suspicious person or situation or are a victim yourself promptly report it to the Office of Public Safety.  Timely reports increase the likelihood that critical evidence will be obtained, stolen property will be recovered and the offender will be successfully prosecuted. This is especially important in cases involving sex offenses. The College will assist any student who wishes to report a crime to the Annapolis Police, or to contact college counselors or area victim support services.
     
  • Avoid walking alone at night.  Make arrangements to walk in groups. If you must travel alone at night, stay on well-lit paths and sidewalks. You may also call Public Safety and request an escort by calling ext. 2000 or 443-336-2348
     
  • Keep your room door locked at all times.  The vast majority of thefts occur from unlocked rooms when the occupant is gone only briefly. 
  • Do not prop open exterior doors and close any doors you find propped open. Propped doors greatly increase chances that you or someone else in your dorm may be victimized. Do not open doors to someone you do not know.

 

 

 

 

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  • DO NOT lend your key or key card to anyone.  This endangers you and others in your dormitory and is cause for disciplinary action. Report a lost or stolen key to the Office of Public Safety.
     
  • Report obscene, annoying or harassing phone calls or e-mail messages immediately.   Please save the offending messages, if possible.
     
  • Report all security-related maintenance problems.  Locks, doors, windows, exterior lights in need of replacement, shrubbery in need of trimming or other unsafe conditions should be reported immediately to the Building and Grounds Office.
     
  • Identify your valuables using OPERATION ID.  Students may use an engraver, available through Public Safety, to mark and identify valuable personal articles as a precaution of theft. 
     
  • Park your car in well lit area and keep it locked.  Lock all valuables in your trunk.
     
  • Register your bicycle with the Office of Public Safety.  They will issue a registration sticker to affix to your bicycle to deter theft and aid in recovery if it is stolen. Public Safety strongly recommends a U-style lock.
     
  • Be aware of crimes at or around St. John's College.  Additional information on campus crime is available from the Office of Public Safety. Bulletins are issued through the Assistant Dean's office when the circumstances warrant informing the community of important crime related information.