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Personal Safety

Personal Safety Tips

  1. Reduce or eliminate opportunities that may make you a target.
  2. Increase awareness in places where you're most comfortable.
  3. Trust your instincts even if you feel embarrassed.
  4. Prepare your schedule daily with safety in mind.
  • Be AWARE of your surroundings at all times and trust your INSTINCTS.
  • Stay in well lit, populated pathways. Avoid shortcuts.
  • Travel in groups. There's always safety in numbers.
  • Walk with your head upright. Make eye contact. Thieves often target victims who are not paying attention to their surroundings or who are looking down.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings when using electronics on the streets, subways & buses. Don't tune yourself out. DON'T walk with headphones on or text. If you use headphones change the color of your earphones from "White" to any other color. White earphones usually indicate that you have an APPLE DEVICE which is an attractive target for thieves.
  • Don't display electronics when not in use. Avoid becoming a victim of "Apple Picking."
  • Program Department of Public Safety, St. John’s University into your contact list. 
    • 718-990-5252
    • 718-990-6281
  • If you observe anyone acting in a suspicious manner, or if you feel threatened in any way, call the police immediately by dialing 911.

Safety Visiting Off-campus Establishments.

  • Do not go out alone. Always go out in groups of 2 or more and travel on well-lit and populated streets.
  • Tell your friends/roommates if you’re leaving, with whom, where you’re planning to go and when you’ll see them back at home.
  • Do not accept open drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) from others who you do not know or do not trust; this includes drinks that come in a glass.
  • Never leave your drink unattended or turn your back on your table.
  • Do not drink from open beverage sources like punch bowls, pitchers or tubs.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open; if friends appear to be "too intoxicated" for what they have consumed, leave the party or club immediately, and return home or seek medical attention. Do not return to the club or party!
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Know where you need to go and the safest way to get there.
  • Trust your instincts: If you sense something is wrong, get away from the situation.