- ready before you exit the car.
- Remain alert and be aware of your surroundings. Headphones can prevent you from hearing people who might be approaching. Texting, talking on the phone, and other uses of personal electronic devices can also prevent you from being fully aware of your surroundings, and increase your risk of being seen as a potential target.
- Avoid walking alone if you are distracted, upset, or under the influence of any substance which may impair your perceptions or response time.
- Listen for footsteps. Turn around if you think you are being followed and check. If you think you are, cross the street and go quickly to the nearest area where there are other people.
- Walk with a friend; or call the Police Cadet Escort service at 703-993-2810 (click here for more information about using the Police Cadet Escort service).
- Carry a whistle and/or pepper spray. Mace is illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Use well-lit paths. Walk in lighted areas at a steady pace, looking confident. Avoid dark, empty places.
- It is not necessary to stop and be polite when a stranger or slight acquaintance asks question in a public place.
- Keep one hand free when carrying packages. Keep things you are carrying (purse, packages, etc.) tucked under your arm.
- Keep your car in good running condition. Make sure you have enough gas to get to where you are going and back.
- Check inside and under your car before you get in.
- If someone suspicious approached your car, honk your car’s horn. It’s the loudest and fastest way to scare someone and attract attention for help.
- Trust your instincts. If something feels scary or unsafe, get out of the situation as quickly as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- If you need help, be loud and clear!
- Click here if you want information on what to do if your car won’t start
To reach campus police, call 703-993-2810. Dialing 9-1-1 will not connect you to the University Police Department. You may want to program 703-993-2810 into your cell phone.
- Wear Basic Gear: helmets are essential and use the right bike for you!
- Night Riding: Maximize your visibility! Wear gear that allows you to see properly and allows others to see you clearly. Wear reflective gear, bright clothing and lights.
- Lock Your Bike: there are bike racks all over campus to utilize.
For more information on cycling to Mason, click here.