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Crime Prevention Programs

AWCPD and the AWC Department of Campus Life department conduct campus programs for students and employees about campus safety and security procedures and practices and well as a wide variety of crime prevention strategies.

Crime prevention means being aware of your environment and remaining alert to situations that could make you vulnerable to crime. We cannot list specific measures that will protect you from every threatening situation that may arise.

Instead, we hope to teach you how to think "crime prevention" in a day- to-day living. The suggestions presented should not be thought of as a list of crime prevention measures, but as examples of common-sense behavior that will help you make life safer and more secure.

Throughout the year, AWCPD presents a number of crime prevention programs to a wide variety of groups, both on and off campus. Topics range from personal safety, sexual assault prevention (including rape awareness, acquaintance rape, and other forcible and non-forcible sex offenses), to safety and security when spending time in Mexico.

AWCPD is committed to meeting the needs of the campus community by presenting these programs around the clock. To schedule a crime prevention program contact the AWCPD at 314-9500.

Protect Yourself

LOCK THE DOOR to your home, apartment or residence hall room when you are alone, asleep, or out of the room. Never prop your door open, even if leaving for a brief period of time. You need the extra protection a locked door affords.

DO NOT OPEN your door to strangers. If your door has a peephole, use it to identify visitors before allowing access. Report any problems with your door's security devices immediately to your hall RA or Head Resident or to your apartment manger.

DO NOT GIVE YOUR NAME, address, phone-number to strangers. If you have your name published in the local telephone directory, use only initials and do not list your address.

WHEN GOING OUT, let your roommate, a friend, or a staff member know where you are going, with whom, and when you expect to return. If you choose to stay out later, call that person and let him/her know.

AT NIGHT, travel in well lighted areas. Avoid taking shortcuts through dark or deserted areas.

UTILIZE THE AWCPD ESCORT SERVICE, at night on campus, if you feel apprehensive. To request a police escort call 914-9500.

WALK FACING TRAFFIC, whenever possible. This increases awareness of potential traffic hazards and also reduces the possibility of being followed by someone in a vehicle. Avoid walking by the curb or near buildings or shrubbery. Walk in the middle of the sidewalk with confidence.

IF YOU FEEL THREATENED or suspect that you are being followed, walk toward lighted areas where there are people. Look over your shoulder frequently- this lets the follower know that you are aware of both his/her presence and your surroundings.

EMERGENCY LIGHT PHONES give you direct access to AWCPD and sets off an emergency blue blinking light. There are 14 of these emergency phones through out the AWC campus and they are placed in well-lit and accessible locations. If in an emergency you are unable to talk to the dispatcher, just knock the receiver off the cradle. A police officer will respond to that location.

EMERGENCY WHISTLES can be utilized as another method of drawing attention in the event of an emergency. If you feel threatened, or are injured and need to summon help, and you cannot call for help via a cell phone or regular phone, blow a whistle if you carry one.

If you hear a whistle, please call 9-1-1 and report that you are hearing a whistle being blown, and the location from where the sound is coming. If you are comfortable going over to the area to see what's occurring, you may be able to help someone in distress. DO NOT put yourself in danger by approaching a situation.

WHEN RIDING IN A CAR, keep the doors locked. Park in the most lighted area you can find. Upon returning to your car, have your keys ready as you approach your vehicle. Check the back and front seats to make sure that the care is empty before you get in.

DO NOT PICK UP HITCHIKERS and do not hitchhike.


USE THE TELEPHONE ON YOUR TERMS, not the caller's. Do not talk to someone unless you want to. If the caller makes an obscene or improperly suggestive remark, HANG UP. The police should be notified if the telephone calls continue.

Protect Your Possessions At Home 

LOCK YOUR DOOR when you are away from your room, apartment, or house. Most thefts and burglaries of student's rooms occur when the doors remain unlocked. By locking the door behind you, you reduce that opportunity. Remember that it takes less than 30 seconds to get "ripped off".

KEEP WINDOWS CLOSED AND LOCKED when away from your room, home, or your apartment. This protects your belongings from both theft and Yuma's inclement weather.

KEEP A RECORD OF THE SERIAL NUMBERS of all your belongings. Items of value that do not have a serial number should be engraved with your driver's license number and photographed. Clothing can be marked with an indelible laundry marker.

DO NOT ADVERTISE YOUR VALUABLES. Keep them out of sight. Arrange your room so that high-risk items such as stereos, televisions, and cameras are not visible from the hallway when the door is open, or from ground level windows.

ITEMS OF HIGH MONETARY VALUE that has minimal use in a college environment (such as expensive jewelry, personal or family mementos, or collections of any kind) should be left at home. Very expensive items should be stored in a safe deposit box at your bank.

DO NOT KEEP LARGE SUMS OF CASH in your room, home, or apartment. A checking account is safer. Remember to keep your checks in a secure place. Do not talk indiscriminately about receiving money. There is no need to advertise to potential thieves.

THE COLLEGE'S INSURANCE does not cover belongings or possessions of students that might be lost or stolen, but covers only the institution's property only. The College is not responsible for theft or damage of student's belongings or possessions. Residents are encouraged to provide their own insurance against loss of, or damage to personal possessions. If your family has homeowner's insurance, check with your family agent about coverage. There are a variety of renter's policies available from insurance carriers for residence hall or apartment dwellers. 

In Your Car 

LOCK YOUR CAR and take the keys with you. Many car burglaries and car thefts occur because the owner did not take time to secure the car. Don't make your car a target of opportunity by leaving it unlocked.

DO NOT PARK in isolated, dark places if these areas can be avoided. Park where there are people about and where the car will be lighted.

DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLE items unattended in your car. Place expensive items such as cameras, packages and even textbooks in the locked trunk. 

In Public Areas 

DO NOT LEAVE PERSONAL PROPERTY UNATTENDED. In public areas, such as the Library, Student Union, and classrooms, do not leave your personal effects unattended even for just a minute. Textbook theft is a major problem on many college campuses.

DO NOT CARRY MORE CASH than you need. Avoid "flashing" your cash in public.

DO NOT CARRY BOTH YOUR IDENTIFICATION cards and checks in your wallet. Keep them separate: I.D.s in your wallet in one pocket and your checkbook in another pocket. Do not write your PIN number down. If you do lose your checkbook or bankcard, the thief will not have access to that number.

CARRY YOUR PURSE OR BACKPACK close to your body, and keep a tight grip on it.

MARK ITEMS that you normally take to class, such as textbooks, backpacks, and calculators, with either your name or driver's license number.

KEEP A LIST of your credit cards, identification cards, and checking account numbers. If they are stolen or lost, you will have a list of numbers to provide to the police. Remember that you must not only contact the police, but all of the credit card companies and banks with which you do business. Make these notifications immediately.

CELLULAR TELEPHONES are an excellent way to remain in touch and summon help. AWCPD encourages faculty, staff and students to look into the various cellular telephone companies for purchasing/renting a cellular telephone. OLD CELLUAR PHONES THAT ARE STILL GOOD, BUT HAVE HAD THE SERVICE DISCONECTED CAN STILL BE UTILIZED TO CALL 9-1-1

Bicycles And Mopeds

LOCK IT IF YOU CARE. Never leave your bicycle or moped unlocked and unattended. AWCPD recommends that bicycles and mopeds be secured with an oversized "U" shaped bicycle lock, or with a lock-and-chain/cable combination that has at least 5/8-inch diameter chain or steel cable and that is secured by a padlock. The padlock should have a hardened case and shank, with a shank diameter of at least 3/8 inch.

ENGRAVE your bicycle/moped with your name or driver's license number and keep a record of it with a description of the bike and serial number.

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