Crime Prevention

Suggestions for ensuring safety in public:

  • Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night
  • Stay in well-lit area, walk mid-point between curbs and buildings and away from alleys and bushes
  • Don't carry extra credit cards or money
  • Walk with someone whenever possible-use the buddy system
  • Utilize the Student Security Service if traveling after dark
  • If your purse or wallet is snatched, don't fight back. Turn it over rather than risk personal injury and report the incident immediately
  • Do not place purses, portable stereos, TV sets, or other valuables near windows, which can be smashed by a tempted burglar
  • Carry a whistle or pocket alarms. This can serve as a reminder to exercise caution and can alert anyone in the area that you need help
  • Keep an inventory of all of your valuable possessions. Through "Operation Identification," a statewide crime prevention program, you can borrow engraving tools from YSU Police by calling: 330-941-3527
  • Keep doors locked, even if you're are only away for a few moments
  • Do not mark your key chain with any identifying information that can lead to theft
  • Get to know your neighbors. Establish a neighborhood watch system and share information on suspicious circumstances
  • Don't hesitate to call YSU Police with any safety concerns
  • If you have an Emergency call 911 immediately

Suggestions for ensuring safety when in a building, office or laboratory:

  • When working late, make sure doors are locked
  • Keep your purse in a locked cabinet or drawer. Never leave it on or underneath a desk
  • If you live around campus, use the escort service when traveling to and from work
  • Avoid using stairs in remote sections of a building
  • Never prop doors open, especially fire doors, even for a short time
  • Do not hold the door open for strangers after normal business hours

Tips to assist you in not becoming a victim of a crime

  • Report any and all suspicious activity to the Youngstown State University Police Department immediately
  • Make others (friends or family) aware of all your travel plans
  • Be prepared by having a "what if" plan
  • Keep all of your valuables secured and out of plain view
  • Walk with confidence and you will appear as a less vulnerable target
  • Always use well lit areas if at all possible
  • Avoid using any types of drugs or alcohol as these hinder your ability to act
  • Avoid walking alone in unfamiliar areas (use the buddy system)
  • Be alert of your surroundings at all times and don't be distracted (e.g.- texting while walking)
  • Know what your physical limitations are
  • And participate in a self defense/education course (contact us for more info)