Thomas Jefferson University

Crime Prevention

Personal Safety

At home, in an apartment building, or in a residence hall:

  1. Keep your room door locked and dead bolted at all times.
  2. Never let unauthorized persons come into your room, enter residence halls, or enter apartment security doors.
  3. Never prop open inside or outside doors.
  4. Do not hide keys outside of your room or apartment. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  5. Avoid working or studying alone in a campus building.
  6. Never dress in front of a window. Close blinds or curtains after dark.
  7. If you are awakened by an intruder inside your room, do not attempt to apprehend the intruder. Try to get an accurate description of the intruder and then call campus security.
  8. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the TJU Security immediately.

When driving:

  1. Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly.
  2. Always check underneath your car upon approach and in the rear seat for intruders before entering your automobile.
  3. Lock your doors and keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
  4. Drive on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
  5. Never hitchhike, and never pick up hitchhikers.
  6. If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, sound the horn and drive to a safe area such as a convenience store.
  7. If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police. Do not allow any person access to you or inside your car. Roll down your window no more than an inch. Be aware that an accident may be staged to provide the other driver an opportunity to commit a criminal act.
  8. Leave enough room between your car and the one ahead so you can drive around it if necessary.
  9. Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.
  10. Limit distractions such as cell phones.

While walking or jogging:

  1. Avoid walking or jogging alone, and try not to walk or jog after dark.
  2. Avoid dark or vacant areas. Walk along well-lit routes.
  3. Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed: Run in a different direction, go to the other side of the street and yell for help, or move quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or a blue light emergency phone.
  4. Have your keys ready when returning to your residence hall or apartment. Keep your personal or valuable items concealed and close to your body.
  5. Avoid wearing headphones when walking or jogging. Always be aware of your surroundings and practice risk avoidance techniques.
  6. Tell a friend / leave a note letting them know your going for a run and when you anticipate returning.
  7. If you need an escort call TJU Security Escort Service – 215-955-8888

Avoid Victimization

Property protection:

  1. Lock your door whenever you leave your room for ANY length of time or when sleeping.
  2. Secure your vehicle. Close all windows and lock all doors.
  3. Never prop open any door.
  4. Adequately protect all valuables in your room, such as wallets, jewelry, credit cards, cash and computers. Do not leave valuables or cash in plain view.
  5. Protect your books and put your name in them. Do not leave them in public places.
  6. Do not loan your keys to anyone.
  7. Never hide your keys outside your apartment or room. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  8. Take all valuable items home with you during vacations.
  9. When in a public place, keep valuable possessions out of sight. If you must leave an area for any length of time, take personal items with you.
  10. Completely log out of shared computers or unattended computers.
  11. Periodically check your credit report. Look for discrepancies.
  12. Know the contents of your wallet or purse.

Safety on Campus

  1. Complete an emergency contact card at the front desk of your on campus building.
  2. Be sure to inform the Housing Office if  you would like to designate someone else as your contact in the event that you are reported to be missing.
  3. Do not allow anyone to trail into the building behind you.
  4. Educate your guests on using the intercom system to reach you.
  5. Report suspicious behavior to TJU Security and the desk clerk.
  6. Know locations of emergency call boxes:
  7. Be sure to sign up for JeffALERT notices at JEFFAlert

Parking Lot Safety


Pedestrians can make themselves easy targets in parking lots. Usually, they don’t even realize it. The following tips will help make your visit a safe experience:

  • Stay alert and walk briskly, with your head up and your shoulders back. Criminals look for easy marks such as people who are slouched over, preoccupied or fumbling with packages.
  • Look around the parking lot and your vehicle for suspicious people. If you notice suspicious behavior, inform security or the police immediately.
  • Walk with others when possible.
  • Walk in a well-lit area.
  • Be aware of noises and movements.
  • Avoid wearing visibly expensive jewelry.
  • Have your keys in your hands and ready to open your vehicle.
  • Look into your vehicle's front and rear seats before entering it.
  • Lock your vehicle as soon as you get in.
  • If someone approaches your vehicle inquiring about directions, do not open your door or roll your window down.
  • If you are alone at night, ask security to escort you to your vehicle.

Vehicle Parking Lot Safety

Parking lots are targeted locations for the theft of valuables from a vehicle, as well as theft of the vehicle itself. A little planning may prevent such events from occurring.

Park near other vehicles or in high pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas. Parking in an isolated area is a welcome mat for criminals.

  • Park in a well-lit area.
  • Keep packages and valuables out of sight in your vehicle—either under a seat, in a glove box or in the trunk.
  • When leaving your vehicle, be certain your windows are rolled completely up and your doors are locked.
  • Criminals walk through parking lots looking for easy opportunities, such as vehicles with unlocked doors or packages and valuables in plain sight. Before leaving your vehicle, take a second to double-check that your car is not an easy target.
  • Remember, with out opportunity, there is no crime!

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Safety Bulletins

Campus Security Department

Numbers to Know

Tip Line
(215) 955-5678

Police/Fire/Medical Emergencies:
Campus Phone: 811

Non Campus Phone: 911

Security Office
(215) 955-8888

University Health Services
(215) 955-6835

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