Safety Tips

Most crimes are crimes of opportunity. We take this opportunity to offer you some tips on how to prevent certain crimes.

  • Safety in numbers: If you have a concern for your personal safety while on campus, the Police Department will provide you with an escort.
  • Report suspicious and unusual activity to the Police Department.
  • Lock your car and take the keys with you.
  • Use Operation I.D. An engraver can be checked out from the Police Department.
  • Don't leave personal belongings unattended.
  • If you ride a bicycle/moped or motorcycle, use Operation I.D. and engrave your property. A good chain and a poor lock does not work. Consider high security locks and chains for your bicycle/moped or motorcycle.
  • Police officers can assist you with crime prevention on or off the campus. If you have a question, contact us! Help us help you. Together we can make crime prevention work for you.

Secure your vehicle:

  • Always lock your vehicle on campus.
  • Keep your vehicle in good operating condition.
  • Record the make, model and serial number of all valuable items in your vehicle.
  • Mount CB radios, tape players and other radio equipment so it can be removed and locked in your trunk.
  • Install an alarm system in your vehicle to guard against theft.
  • When having your vehicle serviced at the Auto Shop, leave only the ignition and door keys.
  • Check to be sure you always have an ample supply of gasoline.
  • Report any suspicious persons or vehicles to the Police Department immediately.
 

Sexual Assault Prevention

The Police Department is responsible for investigating sexual assaults that occur on the property of the main campus in Glen Ellyn. Any suspected incident should be reported immediately by calling (630) 942-2000. Incidents occurring elsewhere should be reported to the local police immediately. The college is committed to eliminating all incidents of attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity.

Sexual assault is a serious concern that affects both women and men. Research shows that rape or attempted rape affects one in six college women at least once during their college years. Approximately 84 percent of all sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows and 90 percent of date or acquaintance rapes involve alcohol. Although personal safety can never be guaranteed, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being the victim of sexual assault: 

  • Communicate your wants early. Know what your limits are for both alcohol and sex before going to a party or bar.
  • Be assertive about communicating what you want from another person. Ask the person you are with to do the same.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation feels uncomfortable for you, there is probably a good reason.
  • Be aware of the effects of alcohol on your body. Alcohol interrupts the ability to make sound decisions and impairs your ability to communicate clearly.
  • Do not leave your drink unattended, especially at a bar or a party.
  • Avoid being alone with an unfamiliar person, especially when alcohol is involved. If you are alone, make sure that your friends know where you are and how long you will be gone.
  • When on a date with someone new, make sure that you are responsible for your own transportation. It is safer to meet up with someone than to rely on an unfamiliar person for a ride.
  • Watch out for someone who is pressuring you; who keeps giving you drinks; who wants to get you alone; who guilt trips you if you are reluctant.
  • Remember: Drunk sex jeopardizes your ability to get and give consent. 

For information on registered sex offenders in DuPage County, the DuPage County Sheriff's Office maintains a list of registered sex
offenders that can be found at:
http://www.dupagesheriff.org/.

The Illinois State Police also have a registered sex offenders web site at: http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/

 

 

Personal Safety

If you are a victim or witness of a crime, report to the Police Department as soon as possible. If you are accosted by someone who displays a weapon or indicates he/she has one, do not try to ward him/her off. Obtain as much information as you can about the perpetrator(s) without endangering yourself.

Try to notice such things as height, weight, build, race, color and length of hair, color of eyes, clothing, and any scars or tattoos that may help identify the criminal.

  • Try to notice such things as the vehicle's license number and direction of flight.
  • Do not handle or disturb physical objects used or handled by the assailant or anything else at the crime scene. 
 

The Police Department offers a women's self defense class at no cost.

 

Contact Information


Police Department
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2100, (630) 942-2000
Open 24-hours, 7-days a week


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