There are many things that you can do to improve your own safety on and off campus. Keep in mind that while West Texas A&M University is in a small town, it is very important that you pay extra attention to your own security.
- If you have an emergency, call 911.
- Always keep doors and windows locked (even when you are home).
- Ask to see company ID when utility or service people come to your door.
- Use a peephole to determine who is knocking before you open the door. If you are still unsure as to who is there, question the stranger through the door.
- Check smoke detectors every month. If there is no smoke detector in your residence, ask your landlord to install one because it is required by the Texas Property Code that each apartment have a smoke detector!
- If necessary, get a security system.
- Keep the blinds and/or drapes closed when you are gone.
- Get to know your area. Know where not to walk, and where streets and alleys lead.
- Do not walk alone after dark. Contact a friend or the University Police Department (651-2300) to take you where you need to go if on campus.
- Get to know someone in the immediate vicinity that you can call in case of an emergency.
- NEVER leave your keys outside your place under a doormat or in a place accessible to a stranger.
- If you lose your keys, work with the landlord to replace your locks immediately.
- NEVER leave notes on your door or messages on your answering machine indicating that you are away.
- When driving, keep your doors locked and park in well-lit areas.
- If you are going to be gone from your apartment/house for an extended period of time:
- If you plan on leaving for more than seven (7) days, you must let your landlord know.
- Let a neighbor know when you will be gone and ask them to keep an eye out for any unusual activity. Provide a contact number while you will be gone.
- Leave a light on when you are gone, or purchase a utility timer that can turn lights off and on automatically in your absence.
- Either stop your service temporarily or have someone get your mail, newspaper, etc. each day, so that it is not obvious that you are not home.
- Side Note: Never turn the heat completely off in the winter-time, especially when it is at freezing temperatures. It is advisable to keep the thermostat at at least 60 degrees, in order to be sure that the pipes will not burst. Be aware that if you do turn the heat off or keep the thermostat too low and damage occurs to the pipes, for example, you may be held responsible. If you have questions, please contact CORE/Commuter Programs.