Concordia Experience

Safety Tips

Annually, some thefts are reported on campus. Residence hall rooms left unlocked, bicycles not secured and locked, and personal property left unattended account for the majority of reports of stolen property. The prevention of other crimes should remain foremost in the minds of all members of the campus community. There is a certain amount of risk involved in nearly everything we do. These risks will vary with conditions such as time of day or season of the year. We can reduce these risks by exercising caution in our everyday activities.

Personal Safety

  • Most assaults are one-on-one. Decrease your chances of assaults by walking with someone else. 
  • Avoid walking in areas with limited lighting. If you would like an escort, you can contact Public Safety at extension 3039, or 708-209-3039 from an off-campus phone.
  • Avoid walking, running or biking alone in the Forest Preserve. Always go in pairs.
  • If you think you are being followed, walk toward areas that are most likely to be populated and then immediately call the Department of Public Safety. 
  • Carry a whistle and don’t be afraid to blow it! Never be afraid to draw attention to the fact that you feel at risk.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Report anyone who is acting suspiciously immediately to Public Safety, extension 3039, or 708-209-3039 from an off-campus phone.
  • Always lock your door when in your room or apartment.
  • Report broken or malfunctioning locks, doors, windows and lights to your Resident Assistant immediately.
  • Do not put your name, address, phone number, license number or other identifiers on your key chain. This can lead a criminal to you and your property if you lose your keys.


  • Keep your room locked at all times even if you will be out for “just a minute.”
  • Don’t advertise when you will return to your room with notes on your door such as, “I’ll be back at 5:30.”
  • Lock your bicycles with a U-type lock to a secure bicycle rack. If possible, use extra reinforcements on your U-type lock. Take all quick-release items off your bicycle and store them in your room.
  • Don’t leave books or other valuables, such as purses or backpacks, unattended for even short periods.
  • Keep money and jewelry in a safe place. Always keep all your valuables out of sight.
  • Make a record of your valuables, including serial numbers. Also consider engraving your valuables. 
  • Never prop doors open, because anyone could walk in.
  • Do not give your keys out to others.

Sexual Offenses

Most sexual assaults occur between people who are acquaintances or friends. Awareness of the possibility that it may happen to you is the first step in prevention.

  • Avoid becoming intoxicated.
  • Go to parties with a group of friends and agree to leave together.
  • Communicate your expectations and desires clearly. Hints and insinuations may lead to miscommunication.
  • NO MEANS NO! It should be respected.
  • Trust your instincts. If you sense something is wrong, get away as soon as possible. It’s always best to be cautious.
  • Avoid risky situations by staying out of isolated areas, never hitchhike, and don’t go off alone with anyone you don’t know well.
  • Take a self-defense course.
  • Refer to the University’s Undergraduate Student Handbook for more information regarding sexual offenses. The handbook is available at CUConnect and inside the Undergraduate Course Catalogue.


  • Avoid driving in winter conditions. If you must drive, learn the basics of driving in poor conditions.
  • Be especially careful driving on hills and inclines in winter conditions. Check weather reports in advance. Be prepared to use chains and drive slowly.
  • Carry an emergency kit in your car.
  • Park in well-lit areas whenever possible.
  • Lock all doors at all times, even while driving.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep an eye on your fuel gauge.
  • Maintain your car to reduce the chances of a breakdown.

Fire Prevention

  • Don’t abuse fire safety equipment. Report all non-functioning equipment to your RA.
  • Do not use candles or incense in residence halls.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. If you require a multi-plug device, use a U.L.-approved “power strip” with an internal fuse or circuit breaker. 
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull boxes.
  • Irons and curling irons should never be left unattended. 
  • Flammable liquids are not allowed in residence halls.