The following tips can help students avoid becoming a victim of a crime when they are at school, work, or just out and about.
By taking a few simple precautions, students can reduce their risk, and also discourage those who commit crime.
- Students should always be alert and aware of the people around them.
- Students should educate themselves concerning prevention tactics.
- Students should be aware of locations and situations which would make them vulnerable to crime, such as alleys and dark parking lots.
Street and Parking Lot Precautions
- Students should be alert to their surroundings and the people around them, especially if they are alone or it is dark.
- Whenever possible, students should travel with someone else.
- Students should stay in well-lit areas as much as possible.
- Students should walk close to the curb, avoiding bushes and alleys where someone could hide.
- Students carrying purses should hold them securely between their arms and body.
- Students should walk confidently, and at a steady pace.
- Students should ALWAYS lock car doors after entering or leaving their cars.
- Students should park in well-lit areas.
- Students should have their car keys in hand before getting to the car.
- Students should check the back seat before entering the car.
- If a student thinks he or she is being followed, the student should drive to a security, police, sheriff or fire station.
- Students should not stop to aid motorists stopped on the side of the road. Students should go to a phone and request help.
- Students should never pick up hitchhikers.
Office and Classroom Safety
- Students should never leave a purse or billfold in plain view or in the pocket of a jacket hanging on a door or chair.
- Students should not leave cash or valuables in an office or classroom, even for a short time, such as a break.
- Students should be aware of escape routes for emergencies.
- Students should report suspicious people and activities to security personnel.
- When sitting in the cafeteria, lounge or on outside benches, students should always keep personal belongings with them.
- If working alone or before/after normal business hours, students keep doors locked.
- If attending night classes or working late, students should try to walk out with one another or call security for an escort.
If a Crime Occurs - Report It
Everyone should consider it his or her responsibility to report crime. Many criminals target favorite areas and have predictable methods of operation. At least one out of two crimes in the United States goes unreported, usually because people don’t want to get involved. Not reporting a crime allows the criminal to continue to operate without interference.
In many cases, it is the information provided by victims and witnesses that leads to the arrest of a criminal. No fact is too trivial.
Crime statistics for A-B Tech are posted annually on the US Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education’s web site at Security. For a copy of the A-B Tech Annual Security Report, please visit Campus Safety and Security Reporting.