How to protect your property and yourself on campus

(Courtesy of Saddleback College Campus Police)

Shirley Smith

Saddleback  College’s 2012 annual security report, containing crime statistics for the college, is now available. The following crimes were reported in 2012 and compared to the previous four years.

The largest jump in crime was burglary, which changed from three cases in 2011 to nine cases in 2012, more than any other category, while vehicle burglary was down from nine cases in 2011 to two in 2012.

Chief Deputy James Pyle with the campus police gives a number of things one can do to protect property and ourselves on campus.

  • Know all campus emergency numbers and know the location of all campus emergency phone stations.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings by limiting distractions such as cell phones.
  • Walk in groups on well-lit pathways.
  • If you must travel alone, walk, drive, or bike in well-lit areas. Also be sure to alert someone of your whereabouts.
  • If you have a bike, invest in a quality U-lock to keep it secure.
  • Protect your personal information when on campus. Be sure to log off before leaving when using (public, classroom, open lab) computers.
  • Do not give out personal information (credit card numbers, social security number, driver’s license information, phone numbers, and address) to sales people, venders that approach you. 
  • Park in well-lit areas and lock all your items in your trunk.
  • Visit the Saddleback College Police Department web site to familiarize yourself with all the different programs available to students, and also to keep abreast of new safety tips and alerts that may have been added.
  • Do not leave your computer, books or personal items in classrooms, study areas, or outside study/rest areas for even the shortest of time. Keep your school items and personal items with you at all times.      

Report any suspicious activity to the campus police.

Department or service phone numbers

on campus

Campus Police (949) 582-4444

Health Center (949) 582-4606

Crisis Intervention team (949) 582-4572

Vice President for Student Services (949) 582-4566

Dean of Counseling (949) 582-4573

Special Services (949) 582-4885

 

Off Campus

Child Abuse hotline (714) 940-1000

Rape Crisis hotline (949) 831-9110

Suicide Prevention hotline (800) 784-2433

Suicide Crisis hotline (714) 894-4242

Domestic Violence hotline ((800) 799-7233, (714) 992-1931

Alcohol Anonymous (949) 582-2697

Battered Women (949) 854-3554

Narcotics Anonymous (714) 776-8581

Voluntary/Confidential

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