- Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
- Always lock your car and your room and never leave personal property unattended. Many thefts occur when the victim is away for just a few minutes.
- Never give your keys or your student ID/keycard to anyone. A student ID permits anyone to enter your residential building at any time and to use your meal plans as he or she pleases.
- Try to travel in groups of two or more and stay in well-lighted, busy areas.
- At night, walk on the part of the sidewalk that is farthest away from shrubs, dark doorways and alleys.
- Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
- Trust your instincts. If have a strange feeling that something's not right, change directions to a well -traveled, well-lit area and head toward a campus emergency phone, the College Police offices, or your dorm.
- Place valuables left in your car under your seat, in your trunk, or somewhere else out of sight.
- Before you enter your vehicle, take a look inside to make sure there's no one inside. And when you get into your vehicle, immediately lock your doors and turn on your headlights.
- Have your keys in your hand before you reach your vehicle or before you walk out of a building.
- If ever confronted by a "flasher," leave the area and contact College Police immediately. You will be asked several questions about the location and the subject's appearance (height, hair color, etc.), and it is important to relay the information to the best of your ability.
- Familiarize yourself with the location of campus emergency telephones. Call boxes have an orange or red button near the bottom of the faceplate that will autodial College Police. We can identify the source of the call and dispatch an officer to the scene.
Call boxes phones are available across campus, including these locations:
- near Selby, Bartlett, and Fayerweather
- between Brown and Andrews (near the outside entrance to Izzy's)
- along the sidewalk of the Hermann parking lot
- at all security doors in Parsons Hall
- at the front door of Russell Hall
- all Theme Houses on Fourth Street
- on the Fifth Street Mall between Thomas and Erwin
Additionally, telephones are located near the common areas in Theme Housing, outside and just inside the front door of Marietta Hall, at the front door Dorothy Webster Hall and in the lobby of Parsons Hall.
Credit Card and ATM Tips
- Don't lend your card to anyone, even close friends.
- Select a unique PIN that can't be guessed and never give it to anyone for any reason.
- Be aware of your surroundings when using an ATM and enter your PIN in a way that your hand or body conceals the keypad.
- After completing your transaction, use discretion when counting your money.
- Always take your receipt.
- Report lost or stolen cards immediately to both the bank and to the local law enforcement agency. Although ATMs require passwords, stores often don't require a password for a card to be used.
- If you receive an application for a credit card that you do not want, be sure to tear it up before disposing of it—especially if it's a "pre-approved" application.
- Always use common sense when giving out your credit card information.
- Don't give out any personal information such as your phone number, home or college address, or your credit card information.
- Don't use your real name as your screen name.
- Don't set up a meeting with anyone you encounter over the Internet.
- If you do plan a phone conversation with someone you've met online, make sure that your telephone has the caller ID function blocked.
- If someone starts being rude or causing trouble in a chat room or via email, stay calm and cool about it. Do not try to irritate the person or cause trouble yourself. If you continue to have problems with someone over the Internet, especially if it's another Marietta College student, contact Campus Public Safety or Information Technology.
- Never give your passwords out for any reason. Internet service providers either have your password on file or don't care to know your password.
- Change your password frequently.
Winter Driving Tips
- Pack a winter survival kit, including a blanket, warm clothes, gloves, boots and an emergency flashlight. (Some people keep a flashlight in their car at all times.)
- Keep another driving kit in the trunk, including a snow shovel, an extra pair of gloves, a snow brush or ice scraper, a spare set of windshield wiper blades, and safety flares or reflective triangles. (If you carry flares, heed all safety warnings and check the flares at least once a month to ensure they aren't leaking.)
- Always try to keep at least a half tank of fuel in your car. This will minimize your chance of running out of fuel. Also, any water in your fuel or fuel line could freeze.
- Clear all ice and snow off of your windows, mirrors, headlights, taillights and license plates. Check your windshield wipers to see if they move freely and make full contact with the windshield.
- Drive in someone else's tire tracks for better traction, but move out of those tracks if you see ice.
- If you start to skid, turn in the direction of the skid and don't slam your brakes. If your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), keep your foot on the pedal. If not, pump the pedal gently, pumping more rapidly as your car slows down. Braking hard with non-anti-lock brakes will make the skid worse.
- Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze first. Intersections are also a potential hazard because traffic may pack down snow and turn it into ice.