To ensure the safety of faculty, staff and students during the holiday season, Lehman’s Office of Public Safety offers the following tips.
- Secure your valuables and personal items in a locked drawer or cabinet in your office. Ensure your office door is locked even if you step away for a few minutes.
- Never leave electronic and other equipment unattended in the hallway, on carts if the equipment is not attached to the cart by cables, or in an unarmed room. Store the equipment in a secure location such as a locked and armed room, locked cabinet or closet.
- Do not place any type of decorations in exit corridors or in heavily trafficked areas where people might run into them or trip over them.
- If you see someone behaving suspiciously immediately contact Public Safety by calling ext. 8228 or ext. 7777.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often target people who are distracted.
- Carry your purse close to your body. Place one end of the purse in your palm and the other in the bend of the elbow. Never carry a purse by the handle or strap.
- Carry your wallet in the breast pocket of your jacket or the front pockets of your pants. Rear pants pockets are too easy to pick!
- Secure all pocketbooks, handbags and book bags properly. Never walk away from your property, not even for a minute!
- Carry only the amount of cash you need. If you do carry large sums of cash, divide them between your pockets, purse and wallet.
- Cancel credit cards you don’t use and keep a record of the credit card numbers for all the cards you possess. This will facilitate reporting the theft or loss of the cards.
- Travel on well-lit and populated streets; avoid alleys and dark secluded streets. If possible, travel with a friend.
- Have car keys ready before getting to your car so you do not have to search for them while standing near it. Always lock car doors, place purchased items in the trunk, and look under, around and in front of the vehicle to make sure there is no suspicious activity. Be aware of your surroundings especially as you walk to your vehicle.
- Be wary of con artists. Con artists use a number of ploys to separate you from your valuables. Remember, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
- Don't wait until you get to your front door to look for your keys, have them ready before you get to the door.
- Stay tuned to weather conditions, anticipate inclement weather and plan accordingly.
For more information, please call the Office of Public Safety, (718) 960-8593.