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Personal safety is everyone's responsibility! The Department of Public
Safety welcomes all opportunities to partner with other members of the
community in making Methodist University a safer and more secure place
to live, learn, work, and grow. Please contact
us immediately if you see any suspicious or criminal activity.
Please consider the following personal safety
practices that are useful either on or off campus:
- Use the "buddy system" when going out and avoid walking
alone at night. Security escorts are available at any time on campus
by calling Public Safety at 630-7098
- If you choose to walk alone at night, pay attention to your surroundings.
Have your cell phone easily accessible. If you see anyone or anything
that makes you uncomfortable, call Public Safety at 630-7577
- When running or walking for exercise, go with a friend and vary your
- Don't open residence hall room or lobby doors for people you don't
know. Everyone who is authorized to enter a particular residence hall
should already have key and / or card access.
- Close and lock your residence hall room
or office every time you leave, even if you only plan to be away
for a few minutes.
- Close and lock your residence hall room door
when you are asleep or in the bathroom.
- Avoid asking for or accepting rides from strangers.
- If anyone attempts to force you into a vehicle or take you anywhere
against your will, be prepared to do what you can to prevent that. Make
lots of noise, resist if you can, and get away!
- If you live off campus, lock your home's doors and windows and use
any available alarms. Renters should insist that landlords and property
managers provide and properly maintain effective, secure door and window
locks. Exterior doors should be solid-core wood or metal.
- Off campus, call 9-1-1 right away
to report any suspicious person or activity.
- Always share your travel plans (even if you're only going to be gone
for a few hours) with someone who can notify authorities in the event
you aren't where you're supposed to be, when you're supposed to be there.
There are many more tips available from our Public Safety and Crime
Prevention staff. We also offer Personal Safety and Self-Defense classes
for women. Please contact us any time for more information!
Specific Bulletins and Timely Warnings Regarding
Conditions that May Constitute a Risk to the University Community Will
Be Posted on a Separate Page of the Public Safety Website.