Personal Safety Tips

In a campus community, crime is a fact of life. Sweet Briar College Department of Safety Officers regularly patrol the campus, both by vehicle and on foot, to maintain the safety and security of the community.

Remember, anyone can be the victim of a crime. Plan ahead and make safety a priority in your life.

  1. Be certain residence hall doors are closed and locked when entering and leaving. Do not prop doors open at any time and do not leave rooms unlocked at any time.
  2. Do not walk alone or with another person at night to the lake, entrance gate, or in dark or secluded campus areas. Be careful about walking after dark in semi-lit places. Stay on walks and established paths and avoid walking near shrubbery.
  3. Avoid driving alone at night.
  4. Don't waste time looking for your keys, have them ready. Drive with your doors locked and your windows rolled up.
  5. Check around, under and in your automobile when approaching it to make sure no one is concealed near it. Make sure you keep you doors locked once you are inside your vehicle, and as soon as you exit your vehicle to leave it for any period of time.
  6. Do not hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers, even if you recognize someone in the car alongside the road. Avoid stopping at lonely, out-of-the-way or poorly lit places.
  7. If you think you are being followed by another vehicle, stop at a gas station or grocery store where there are lots of people and sound the horn. Do not go to your home, or attempt to get out of the vehicle.
  8. If your car breaks down and someone stops to assist you, remain in the locked vehicle, ask the person to call the police and wait. Do not accept a ride.
  9. Park in well lit places. Store valuables and packages out of sight in a locked trunk or glove compartment. Check that car doors and trunk are locked.
  10. Always accompany your guest, so that unidentified persons will not be wandering around campus.
  11. Report all strangers or suspicious activities to a police/security officer by telephone or in person.
  12. Report in a timely manner to a Resident Advisor, Resident Coordinator, or the Department of Safety any personal concern for the safety or well-being of an absent friend or roommate or anyone who is sick or injured on campus.
  13. Lock the door when you leave your room.



  • An unlocked or unclosed door is an open invitation for anyone wishing to enter. Double check your lock on your way out.
  • Thieves are looking for an opportunity and for easy prey. Leaving your valuables unattended and in plain view for even a short time opens the window of opportunity for the thief. Don't forget that valuables, especially small items, can easily be concealed by the thief.
  • Immediately report to the police any crime of which you are a victim or a witness to, or any suspicious person loitering on campus in parking lots or in any building.
  • Note the locations of all hall phones and emergency phones. Don't be afraid to use them if you need them.
  • Use (and check) locks on your bicycle and lockers.
  • Use the escort service provided by the Department of Safety.


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