Safety Tips

Annoying Telephone Calls

Receiving unwanted calls can be frustrating and sometimes frightening. However, in most cases, the calls can be stopped by using some simple but effective techniques.

1.  How to Handle Abusive, Harassing, or Obscene Calls
     These calls are made for any number of reasons:

  • broken relationships
  • an unhappy employee or co-worker
  • neighborhood disputes such as a barking dog or playing the stereo too loud
  • people who simply hang up if someone other than the person they're calling answers  
Often they're placed by someone you know. The key to handling the calls is:

       In addition you should:

  • HANG UP when you realize the call is intended to harass you.
  • KEEP TRACK of the date and time of the calls to determine the pattern. This can help us identify possible suspects.
  • CASUALLY SAY that the phone company is going to trace your calls.  

2.  How to Handle Threatening Calls
     If you receive a call threatening harm to your life, property or family:


Preventing Bicycle Theft

  • Always lock your bike, especially at home.
  • Lock your bike to a fixed, immovable object, such as a bike rack
  • Be careful not to lock to items that can be easily cut, broken, or removed. Be careful that your bike cannot be lifted over the top of the object to which it is attached.
  • Lock in a visible and well-lit area.
  • Lock in a location where there are other bikes. The chances are better that there will be a bike with a less secure lock than yours.
  • Thieves will usually go for the easiest lock.
  • When using a U-lock, position your bike frame and wheels so that you fill or take up as much of the open space within the U-portion of the lock as possible. The tighter the lock up, the harder it is for a thief to use tools to attack your locks.
  • Always position a U-lock so that the keyway is facing down towards the ground.
  • Always secure your components and accessories, especially quick-release components, with a secondary cable lock.
  • Don't lock your bike to itself (the front wheel locked to the frame). It can be easily lifted and carried away.
  • Don't lock in the same location all the time. A thief may notice the pattern and target your bike.
  • Don't lock to anything posted illegal. Check with area law enforcement agencies for local bike parking regulations.
  • Always check your lock before leaving your bike to be sure you have secured it properly.
  • For the greatest theft deterrence, use two locks such as a U-lock and a locking cable. The longer it takes a thief to get through your bike security, the less likely your bike will be stolen.

Shopping in Cyberspace

  • Do business with companies you know and trust.
  • Understand the offer. Look carefully at the product or services the company is offering.
  • Use a secure browser that will encrypt or scramble purchase information.
  • Never give a bank account or credit car number or other personal information to anyone you don't know or haven't checked out.

Winter Driving Tips

Most crashes in winter are caused by motorists driving too fast for conditions during, or shortly after winter storms. So here are a few safety tips to improve your winter driving skills.

  • Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights even the hood and roof before driving.
  • Pay attention. Don't try to outdrive the conditions. Remember the posted speed limits are for DRY pavement.
  • Leave plenty of room for stopping.
  • Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows. Stay back at least 200 feet (It's the law!) and don't pass on the right.
  • Know the current road conditions. Call (800)ROADWIS or log onto: Wisconsin DOT Travel Information website.
  • Use brakes carefully. Brake early. Brake correctly. It takes more time to stop in adverse conditions.
  • Watch for slippery bridge decks, even when the rest of the pavement is in good condition. Bridge decks will ice up sooner than the adjacent pavement.
  • Cruise without your cruise control in wintry conditions. Even roads that appear clear can have sudden slippery spots, and the short touch of your brakes to deactivate the cruise control feature can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Remember that your four-wheel drive vehicle may help you get going quicker than other vehicles but it won't help you stop any quicker. Many 4x4 vehicles are heavier than passenger vehicles and actually may take longer to stop. Don't get overconfident in your 4x4 vehicle's traction. Your 4x4 can lose traction as quickly as a two-wheel drive vehicle.
  • GO SLOW.

Seven Ways To Reduce The Risk of Sexual Assault

  1. Communicate clearly with others about what you want and what you don't want.
  2. Set your sexual limits and intentions. determine what kind of intimacy, particularly touching, is okay with you.
  3. Make A Safety Plan, when you go where there is alcohol, you go where there is RISK.
  4. Partner with someone who will go with you or will know where you are going and when you will be back.
  5. Limit your alcohol usage to an amount that allows you to make good decisions.
  6. Avoid vulnerable situations, such as conflict, isolation from others, or dependence on strangers.
  7. Never place your physical safety in the hands of someone who is drunk (including yourself.)
  • Be Aware of your surroundings. Listen to and trust your feelings. If a situation doesn't feel quite "right" LEAVE!!!
  • Think "Safety." Don't jog alone or hitchhike. Keep your place safe by locking ALL doors and windows.
  • Practice self-defense. Know how to yell and always have a whistle handy.
  • Learn assertiveness skills.
  • Take care of yourself, Don't Assume Others Will.
  • Don't Assume "It can't happen to me!"

Preventing Auto Theft or Theft From Your Auto

  • Always roll up your windows, lock your car, and take the keys, even if you'll only be gone a short time.
  • Put valuables out of sight: lock in the trunk
  • Try to park in a well-lit area
  • If you have a car alarm, use it!
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Don't resist. Give up your property; don't give up your life.
  • Report crime to the police.

How to Handle an Auto Accident

  • If you have an accident involving damage or injuries, notify the police immediately.
  • Give location, number of vehicles and names of the parties involved.
  • Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information and license plate numbers

Tips for Survivors of Sexual Assault

  • Get to a place that is safe physically and emotionally.
  • Get support: call a friend; or, the Sexual Assault Resource Center (920)320-8555 
  • 24 Hour Crisis Hotline to receive (free and confidential) Medical Advocacy, Legal Advocacy, and Supportive Listening.
  • Report the assault to the VP of Student Life 686-6199, or Campus Security 374-9993, even if you don't want to prosecute now, you may want to later.
  • Even if you do not report it, see a medical professional to assess injury, pregnancy, and test for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV

Safety Tips for Computers

  • Never leave your laptop computer unattended in a public place. Use a portable locking device or motion sensor alarm at all times.
  • Carry your computer in an inconspicuous bag rather than one that announces it contents to would-be-thieves.
  • When going through airport security, try to avoid placing your computer on the belt until it is your turn to walk through the checkpoint so that it is never out of your sight.
  • If you happen to be traveling without a portable locking device, keep your laptop with you at all times, leave it in a hotel safe, or a last resort hide it in a drawer in your room.
  • Students should remember to use portable locking devices on their laptops in libraries, labs and general study areas on campus, as well as in dorm rooms.
  • Use a lock to secure your laptop computer to your desk at the office.
  • If using a cable lock, always choose one made of braided steel strands and the largest cable thickness possible because it will be more difficult to cut through.
  • When securing your laptop to a desk, hotel or dorm room furniture, make sure you cinch the cable around furniture that is not easily lifted or moved.
  • Etch or engrave your name and telephone number onto your laptop for identification purposes.
  • Record the serial number and detailed description of your laptop, and give these to police and insurance company in the event of a theft. Keep this information in a safe place at your home.
  • Regularly back up your data and store back-up somewhere else in the event of theft.