No community is 100% crime free. A university campus is not unlike any other community with the same problems and concerns. Although the incidence of serious crime at Bucknell is relatively low, Public Safety encourages all members of the university community to learn good crime prevention habits.
Most crimes are crimes of opportunity and can be avoided with a little planning and common sense. Good crime prevention is simply teaching people how to avoid becoming victims. Public Safety recognizes the types of problems which occur on campus and designs its crime prevention programs to respond to these situations.
Take ten minutes to read these crime prevention tips. They could help you in difficulty.
Report all incidents or suspicious persons to Public Safety at 570.577.1111. Something may not appear to be irregular, but it is better to be safe when in doubt. Public Safety staff are trained to check all situations in a diplomatic manner. Your confidentiality will be observed if you request it.
Always lock your doors and windows in your room, apartment or house. 68% of all thefts on campus occur in unlocked residence hall rooms, when the occupant has stepped out for "only a minute." Trespassing or assault incidents which have occurred at off campus residences almost always have occurred when the residences were unlocked. Hide cash, valuables, etc. in an out-of-the-way location known only to you. When you leave your house, apartment, etc., close the shades and leave a light and radio on in your absence to give the impression the residence is occupied. Place a rider on your homeowner's insurance to cover all items of value you bring to the university. For a small fee, you can protect yourself against major losses.
When you encounter a difficulty (trespasser, theft, damage, etc.) in your campus or off campus residence (room, apartment, etc.), immediately call Public Safety at 570.577.1111 or the police (off campus 911) even if it turns out to be a false alarm. It is better to be safe.
Public Safety conducts Operation I.D. for all students and staff. We will engrave all of your valuables at your on or off campus residence, record the serial numbers of all valuable equipment - bicycle, stereo, computer, microwave, etc., and keep these in a safe place. You may send a copy to Public Safety for filing.
Public Safety staff are available to conduct Security Surveys for staff and students at their on and off campus offices and residences and to show them how to best secure their areas (locks, windows, alarms, etc.).
If you receive an harassing or obscene telephone call, hang up immediately! The caller is seeking gratification. If the calls persist, notify Public Safety immediately and advise the caller you have notified the authorities. Maintain a log of all calls by date and time. We can trace many such calls.
Secure your bicycle with a heavy duty chain (quarter inch links) and padlock (1/4 inch shank) to a bike rack or immovable object. These are the strongest deterrents to theft. Wrap the chain around the bike frame and tires, if possible. Record your bicycle serial number with Public Safety. We can also engrave your bicycle for you.
Personal Safety and Security
Many crimes occur because people are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Avoid people and situations which may invite trouble. Trust your instincts and trust your university authorities. When in doubt, call Public Safety.
When traveling at night, travel in a group or use the campus escort service. Stay on well lit, well used streets and plan your travel. Avoid short cuts and isolated areas. Know where the emergency blue light callboxes are located and don't hesitate to use them even if it turns out to be a false alarm.
If you suspect someone may be following you, look at the person so the person knows you are alert. Be alert to your surroundings at all times and act confident. If you are followed, change directions, go to the nearest store, or knock on the nearest house door and request someone call the police or Public Safety. Note a description of the person following you. If you are approached or attacked, run away if necessary. If you are approached by someone intent on accosting you in your residence hall, pull the nearest fire alarm pull station. Public Safety will understand such an action to protect yourself.
If an automobile is following you, change directions, look at the license plate number and remember it. Go to a store or the nearest house for assistance.
When walking or on a trip, place your cash, credit cards and valuables in a safe, hard to find location (inside pocket). Public Safety staff are available to assist you with planning your travel safely to new locations or cities with which you are not familiar.
Thieves know the best places for successful thefts. On a campus, these are unlocked residence hall rooms or unlocked apartments, libraries (unattended bookbags and belongings) gym locker rooms and parking lots. Do not bring valuables or cash you do not need to these places. Identify your textbooks with your name, address and a code on a certain page. Crime statistics indicate that most crimes on campus are committed by students who observe opportunities for an easy score.
Always lock your automobile. Never leave the keys in it or leave it running unattended. Do not store valuable items in your automobile but if you must, always lock these items in the trunk of your automobile. A steering wheel locking bar is a good deterrent to the automobile thief.
Keep an extra automobile identification (registration) card in a location other than your auto. When departing your automobile, always lock the door. When returning to your automobile, have your keys ready, observe any unusual activity near the automobile, enter and lock your door immediately. Tips to Avoid Theft from Motor Vehicle (pdf).
The Use and Abuse of Alcohol - Did You Know?
College and university campus statistics across the nation indicate that the majority of crimes (range from 65 to 87%) occurring on campus have some causal association with alcohol intoxication or alcohol abuse.