Personal safety and property security are everyone's responsibility at FMU. The FMU Campus Police Department urges all members of the University community to participate in making our campus as safe as possible. If you develop good security habits, you can assist us in safeguarding your property and University property.
Although the Francis Marion University campus is relatively crime free, and University Police officers patrol the area frequently, it is still vulnerable to some criminal activity. The most likely crime sites are the student housing complex, campus buildings, and the campus parking lots.
If a crime is going to occur, the offender must have three things to accomplish the task: desire, ability, and opportunity.
There is not very much you can do about the offender's desire and ability. However, you can take steps to control the offender's opportunity.
The following are some general safety measures that could prevent you from becoming a crime victim. If you observe unusual, suspicious or criminal behavior, call FMU Police immediately at 661-1109.
Personal Safety Suggestions
You should never walk alone! Walk in groups to class and to and from parking lots. However, if you must walk alone, have a plan and choose open well lighted and well traveled areas. Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Consider using the Campus Escort Service. Call 661-1109 for an escort to your destination.
Clogs, high heels, and tight skirts are hard to run and fight in. Capes, scarves and long necklaces are easy to grab. Consider modifying your clothing.
If you are being followed: cross the street, change directions, keep looking back so the person knows you can't be surprised. Enter a residence hall, library, etc. Go to a well-lighted populated area and ask for help. Notice as many physical details as possible, so you can describe the person to the police.
If you feel you are in danger, attract attention anyway you can. Don't be reluctant to scream and run. Don't be afraid to loudly call attention to what the assailant is doing ("Help!" "Get your hands off me!" "This man is bothering me.", etc. ).
Never work alone in an office or classroom on campus at night. Use the buddy system. If you are alone in an office or classroom keep the door locked, always ask who is knocking before opening the door and never prop open locked exterior building doors. Let Campus Police know where you are and when you intend to leave.
In Your Room or Apartment
Do not leave messages on your door, or voice mail, etc., indicating you are away or when you will return.
Never leave purses, wallets, jewelry and other valuables unattended in laundry rooms, kitchen areas or around a swimming pool.
Keep ATM cards, credit cards, etc. in a safe place. Do not leave them lying out in the open. Never leave them on a dresser near your door. It takes less than 10 seconds to look into your open room and steal items from a dresser near the door.
In Your Vehicle
Keep your purse, tapes, valuables, etc. out of sight when your vehicle is parked. Always lock your vehicle so entry to the trunk cannot be made from the inside. Secure all valuable in the trunk of your car or remove them. Leaving expensive items in full view invites theft.