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Campus police provide safety tips for students

Campus police provide safety tips for students

October 24
22:36 2016

By Cory Smout

In light of the drive-by shooting in Denton this week and a double robbery just off campus last week, the North Texas Daily compiled a list of safety tips from the UNT police.

Walking on campus

When students head out at night, UNT police spokesperson Kevin Crawford said, they should avoid isolated areas. Dress sensibly, and not wear flashy clothing. Become familiar with campus walking paths, and learn where the emergency phones are located.

He also recommends students pay attention to their surroundings and walk in groups if possible. And he reminds students to never text and walk.   

Residence halls

When leaving the dorms, Crawford said, students should always lock their room or apartment. Crawford reminds students to never leave any personal property unattended.

Parking lots

When out and about, students should lock their vehicle doors, roll up windows and secure valuables out of sight, Crawford said. When out at night park your vehicle in a well-lit area. Make sure you scan the area when exiting and entering your vehicle.

Never park a vehicle in one area for a long time and park it where it can be easy to find. Always have your keys in hand ready to open the door when approaching your vehicle. And again, don’t text and walk.

Personal safety

Campus police remind students to trust their instincts, and show confidence. Always have a cellphone handy. Make sure it is completely charged before going out and “use your cell phone as a lifeline,” Crawford said.          

Crawford suggests students should “create a safety plan at home,” to ensure personal safety.

For more information on preparedness, tips to stay aware, and campus or personal safety programs visit the UNT Police Department’s webpage at

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