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Safety Tips

Crime prevention incorporates the theory that if crime is to be reduced, we must lessen the opportunity for crime.

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NIXLE is a FREE service available to all students and community members.

    • Lock your room door when leaving, no matter how long you will be gone. Do not give out the card to your residence hall room door.
    • Do not leave large sums of money or valuables in your room. If you must, make sure money is locked in a secure area; bring your own safe if need be.
    • Join Operation ID. Engrave you Owner Applied Number (OAN) on all valuables. This service is a cooperative effort between the Campus Police Department and the Residence Life Staff to facilitate the identification and return of items either turned into or recovered by the Campus Police Department.
    • Never leave valuables in plain sight inside your vehicle. Take them with you, lock them in your trunk, or leave them at home.
    • Lock your vehicle and take your keys out.
    • Park in well-lit areas.
    • Never leave your books or any other items unattended. This includes in libraries and other study areas, as well as the Student Center.
    • Report any suspicious or unusual activities or people to the Campus Police Department (740.753.6598) or the Athens County Dispatch Center (911).
    • Give your student ID number and a copy of your schedule to a parent, spouse, roommate or your child's school and/or caregiver in case of an emergency. This will allow police to get in touch with you quicker, if an emergency arises.
    • Keep doors locked at all times, even if you are only away for a few moments. Do not prop open doors in the residence halls or an apartment.
    • Be assertive and demand that any unwanted person in your residence leave, or leave yourself. Anyone who refuses to leave is a trespasser. If you live in a residence hall, call Campus Police (740-753-6598).
    • Make sure hallways, entrances, garages and grounds are well lit. Leave porch lights on at night. When you expect to return home after dark, leave an interior light on with shades drawn. If you live on campus, report any malfunctioning light to Campus Police Department at (740-753-6598).
    • Know who is at your door before opening it. Campus Staff have IDs and no solicitors are allowed on campus.
    • If a stranger stops and asks to use your phone, make the call for them. Don't open the door and let them in.
    • List initials and last name only on your mailbox or door and in the phone book.
    • Walk or jog with a friend. Avoid jogging after dark. If you must, stay in well-lit areas; walk midpoint between curbs and buildings and away from alleys and bushes.
    • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
    • Don't fight back if your purse or wallet is snatched. Turn it over to the thief rather than risk personal injury, and call the police immediately. Be a good witness and get the best description that you can to aid in the apprehension of the suspect and the recovery of your property.
    • Be careful when patronizing ATMs. Accessing ATMs in remote locations, particularly after nightfall, could expose you to risk of robbery and personal injury.
    • Avoid working or studying alone in a public-access building at night.
    • Students are urged not to allow entrance to anyone who is not their guest. This is called tailgating; if you do not know them do not let them in. Call Campus Police at 740-753-6598 as soon as possible. Visitors are to be escorted at all times by their student host, who is responsible for their actions and behaviors.
    • Hocking College gives a high priority to the security of residents. Resident Success Mentors (RSMs) receive training in safeguarding security and monitor building safety measures on an ongoing basis. Night staff makes periodic checks of floor and exterior doors, and report safety and security related matters to maintenance staff or the police.
    • For a review of residence hall policies and procedures, please refer to the Hocking College Resident Handbook, available in the Residence Life Office.
    • The doors of all the Hocking College Residence Halls are equipped with a card access system. Residents can use their Student Identification card to gain entrance to their residential building 24-hours a day. All doors to the buildings are locked 24-hours a day and can only be opened with the use of an authorized identification card.
    • Call boxes are placed at the main entrance to each residential building and contact the Campus Police Department. While Campus Police have the ability to permit access to the buildings, such access is not granted to unauthorized individuals.
    • Don't lend your keys out. Keys can be duplicated.
    • Don't mark your key chain with your name, address or license number. Lost keys can lead to theft.
    • Engrave or mark all valuable personal property with an Owner Applied Number (OAN). Keep an inventory of items. Take picture of your valuables so can have visual record of your property if stolen you can give to a copy to Campus Police Department.
    • Move items out of easy sight of windows and doors.
    • Copy all important papers and cards that you keep in your purse or wallet. Keep these copies in a safe place – the information will be invaluable if they are lost or stolen.
    • Check the back seat before entering.
    • Keep your vehicle doors locked at all times, even when driving in the daylight.
    • Keep enough gas in your tank for emergencies.
    • Do not offer rides to anyone you don't know, even if he/she claims to be a student.
    • Honk your horn if someone suspicious approaches your vehicle. This creates a good deterrent because criminals do not like attention.
    • Lift the hood, put on flashers, and wait inside the vehicle with the doors locked if you break down. Ask people who stop to call the police or AAA for you. Do not accept a ride with anyone you don't know. Do not stop for stranded motorists. You are of greater help to them by calling the police or highway patrol.
    • Keep valuables in the trunk of your vehicle, not on the seats.
    • Park your car in well-lit areas.
    • Remove all keys from your vehicle. Thieves look for keys.
    1. Always lock your vehicle when you park it. Take your keys with you.
    2. Lock valuables in your trunk and do not leave personal ID cards or credit cards in the vehicle.
    3. Never leave your vehicle running while unattended.
    4. Install an anti-theft device that is highly visible, hard to defeat, and that renders the vehicle inoperable.
    5. Photocopy your registration and insurance card and keep them in a safe place – not in your glove compartment.
    6. Park in a well-lit area.
    7. When parking curbside, turn your wheels sharply to the curb and apply the emergency brake.
    8. Do not hide spare keys in or on the vehicle.
    9. Always be observant.
    10. Engrave Owner Applied Number (OAN) on stereos and navigation equipment.
    • Press the alarm button if the elevator becomes impaired while in operation. Police will respond as quickly as possible. Remain inside until help arrives. Only trained elevator personnel are authorized to remove trapped occupants. No one else should attempt to release them or to force the elevator door open.
  • Bicyclists have the same right to the roadways as motor vehicles and must obey the same traffic laws.

    • Always wear a helmet.
    • While riding at night, make yourself visible using reflectors, reflective clothing, and/or lights for the front and rear of your bicycle.
    • Observe all traffic laws, signs and signals.
    • Bicycle parking racks are located at various places on campus, as well as at the residence halls.
    • Do not park bicycles where they impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Prohibited areas include: any area within six feet in front and to the side of any entrance to or exit from any building, within any sidewalk, on any access or egress ramp, steps or stairs, in corridors and in motor vehicle parking places. Bicycles attached to handrails on handicap access ramps will be impounded, as well as those parked as to present a hazard to general pedestrian traffic. Owners will be fined upon reclaiming impounded bicycles.
    • Register your bicycle. Complete the registration form located on the Campus Safety webpage so your bike will not be mistaken as unclaimed, damaged or abandoned.

No police department can operate without the cooperation and support of the people it serves. The concept of crime prevention invites all segments of the community to actively participate in the reduction of crime.

Hocking College Police Department
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764

(behind Light and Oakley Halls off Loop Rd, next to Hocking Heights Residence Hall)

Chief Al Matthews
740.753.6598
E-mail

Additional Phone Numbers
Nelsonville Police Department
740.593.6633

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