Crime Prevention Tips

The following tips are meant to help protect the campus community from crime and injury. If a crime has already occurred, please contact Campus Security at ext. 1234.

General  |  Residence Halls  |  Campus Offices / Labs  |  Parking Lots  |  Sexual Assault / Date Safety  |  Active Threat

General Tips

  1. Report all suspicious persons.
  2. Report all thefts. 
  3. Be attuned to your surroundings.
  4. Walk or travel in well-lit, well-traveled areas. If you think someone is following you, abruptly switch directions or cross the street. If you're still being followed, go to a public place and ask for help. 
  5. Keep your purse, backpack, briefcase, cell phone, portable computer and any other valuable property in your possession at all times. Don't take a break and leave them behind.
  6. If you receive a harassing phone call, hang up immediately. Don't try to find out who the caller is and don't show any reaction. 
  7. Know your neighbors and make sure they know you. Ensure a roommate or friend knows your routines. Tell someone if you are going to be late or are out of town. 
  8. Notify Campus Security of any broken lights, overgrown shrubbery near walkways, telephones that don't work and doors with broken locks.
  9. Label your books, notebooks and personal property with your name. 
  10. Never open doors of campus buildings to strangers. 
  11. Mount Mercy students, faculty and staff should always have their University ID in their possession and present the ID when requested by Campus Security.

Residence Halls 

  1. Lock all doors, even if you are leaving for a short time.
  2. Make certain to lock your door before you go to sleep. 
  3. Never prop open any locking residence hall doors.
  4. Avoid leaving notes on your door saying that you are out.
  5. Do not loan your keys to anyone, or leave your keys unattended.
  6. Do not put your name and/or room number on your key ring.
  7. There are phones at the entrances to the residence halls that can be utilized in emergencies. There is also a blue light emergency phone located in all Mount Mercy parking lots. 

 Campus Offices and Labs

  1. Be sure doors are locked whenever you leave an unattended office or lab. 
  2. Never leave doors propped open or leave keys in an unlocked cabinet or desk drawer. 
  3. It is not advisable to tape extra keys under desk drawers or in file cabinets. 
  4. When leaving your office or lab for the day, make sure that all windows are closed and locked, all valuables and confidential materials are locked up and all desks, files and doors are locked. 

 Parking Lots

  1. Have your key ready when you approach your vehicle. 
  2. Check before you get in your vehicle to make sure no one is hiding beneath or inside the vehicle.
  3. When you park, choose a well-lighted, designated parking area. 
  4. If you carry valuables in your car, keep them out of sight in the trunk.
  5. Always lock your vehicle.
  6. There is a blue light emergency phone located in all Mount Mercy parking lots for emergencies. 

Sexual Assault/Date Safety

Anyone can be the victim of sexual assault or rape, regardless of age, sex, race, status or type of dress. Please keep these tips in mind:

  1. Be alert and aware when dating. 
  2. Trust your instincts or "gut feelings." 
  3. Be careful when you invite someone into your residence.

Active Threat

The United States Department of Homeland Security defines active shooter as "an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims."

  1. Run
    • Know your surroundings – have escape route and plan in mind
    • Run immediately - leave your belongings behind
  2. Hide
    • If you can’t escape, hide in an area out of the assailant’s view
    • Lock the door or block the entry to your hiding place
  3. Fight
    • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
    • Use items around you as weapons to fight
    • Attempt to incapacitate the assailant

More information about this model, which is based on a lifestyle that can be applied everywhere you go, can be found here.