Top Ten Tips for Augusta University Students to Stay Safe in the Upcoming Academic
1. Make the call. Program our number, Augusta University’s Police Department 706-721-2911, into your cell phone so you have it at your fingertips in the event of an emergency
on campus. If you see a crime in progress or even something suspicious, don’t hesitate,
make the call.
2. Empower yourself. Enroll in a self-defense course. We offer a sexual assault defense program R.A.D., sign up and empower yourself. The course are designed to give you the tools that
may help save your life.
3. Don’t walk alone. Take advantage of our safety escort services or walk with friends or classmates.
Don' forget to download Rave Guardian and use the safety timer feature!
4. Protect your property. Never leave items like your backpack, laptop or cell phone unattended-even if it’s
just for a minute. Make it a habit to take these valuables with you.
5. Report solicitors. Magazine subscriptions, donation requests, spa packages and “earn money now” schemes
are some of the common methods criminals use to take your money. Avoid solicitors’
scams by politely saying no and immediately notifying us at 706-721-2911. Never provide a solicitor with your personal information.
6. On the bus. Stay awake and keep your personal belongings close to you. Sit near the door or the
driver. If someone is harassing you, don’t hesitate; ask the driver to let you off
at a populated bus stop or a well-lit area. For information on our shuttle routs and
the Passigo app, visit https://www.augusta.edu/parking/shuttles.
7. Grab it. Close it. Lock it. College and university parking lots and structures are common targets for thieves.
Never leave valuables in your car or items in plain view. Take items like GPS devices,
removable stereo face-plates, and electronics with you. Make sure your windows are
up and the doors are locked. Apply a security device or set the alarm.
8. Keep personal information private. Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by carrying only the necessary items in
your wallet or purse. Don’t give personal information to solicitors.
9. Keep your dorm locked. Even if you’re going next door to a friend’s room, always grab your keys and lock
the door. A propped open door is a perfect target for would-be thieves and allows
them quick and easy access to your belongings. If your room has additional doors and
windows, always be sure they are closed and locked as well.
10. Protect your wheels. If you ride a bike, check out www.augusta.edu/green/biketoworkresources for Augusta University programs and resources. Keep a record of your bikes make,
model and serial number. Invest in a high-quality, hardened steel “U” lock. For optimum
security, lock both the front and frame to the bike rack. Taking these tips to heart
will go a long way toward providing for a safe semester for our students.