Crime prevention is defined as “the anticipation, the recognition, and the appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of action to remove or reduce it (IACLE, 2019).”
The Fisher College Police Department (FCPD) believes strongly in crime prevention as the best approach to public safety. A primary method for accomplishing this goal is the Department's training programs. These programs are based on eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities, whenever possible, and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own safety & security and the security of others.
Throughout the year, Fisher College Police Department conducts campus programs for students and employees about campus safety, security procedures and practices, and a wide variety of crime prevention strategies. Topics range from personal safety to sexual assault prevention to safety and security on campus and at home. Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Training is also offered.
The Fisher College Police Department depends on the cooperation of the campus community in order to prevent crime and keep our campus safe. Keeping the following tips in mind will help us all maintain a safe place to learn, work and live.
- Personal Safety
- Residence Hall Safety
- Going Out
- Personal Belongings
- Protecting Your Data, Privacy and Identity
- Always trust your instincts.
- Report suspicious activity to the police.
- Enter ICE – In Case of Emergency — contacts into your cell phone and your address book. Attach ICE information to your photo ID as well.
- Learn to protect yourself with a Rape Aggression Defense course (R.A.D.).
- Watch out for your friends and neighbors.
- Do not share your key or your ID card. Report losses immediately.
- Lock your doors, even if leaving the room for just a moment.
- Always check to see who is at your door before opening it.
- Use main entrances and exits, except during a fire alarm.
- Do not prop exterior doors.
- Do not let someone follow you into a residence hall when you enter.
- Sign in all guests.
- Notify staff of broken doors and security equipment.
- Take fire drills seriously and always evacuate when a fire alarm sounds (remember to lock your door).
- Use marked crosswalks, look both ways and make sure traffic stops before you cross.
- When you go out, let a friend or roommate know where you will be and when you will return.
- Avoid walking alone at night.
- If you are out after dark, use only well-lit routes. Walk near the curb and avoid passing close to shrubs, dark doorways and other hiding places.
- Be alert and trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable about someone near you, head for a populated area.
- Never leave your purse, wallet, backpack, laptop or other property unattended even for a moment.
- Carry insurance on your valuables. Check your homeowners’ insurance policy to see if valuables are covered on campus or arrange for separate coverage.
- Record serial numbers and keep photos or descriptions of your valuables.
- Use computer locking devices for extra protection.
- Take advantage of the programs to protect computers against viruses, worms, malware and other security breaches, and to keep user accounts secure.
- Scan computers for security problems before connecting to the Internet.
- Memorize all of your PIN numbers.
- Never give any credit card, bank or social security information to anyone over the telephone or in response to an unsolicited email.
- Take great care when using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, or video sites like YouTube. Do not post risky, sensitive or potentially embarrassing personal information or videos.
- Use only legal file trading sites and methods to download and share music.
- Do not lend computers and accounts to others. Protect Social Security and Student ID numbers and only give them out when it is essential.
- If you are the victim of identity theft contact the police immediately.
- Understand your legal rights and responsibilities as a Fisher College student.