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Crime Prevention

Crimes occur in all sectors of society, and such problems exist on college campuses as well. To assist you in your efforts to avoid becoming a crime victim, the St. Norbert College Campus Safety Office provides this safety and security information for your use.

The quicker a crime or incident is reported, the more likely it is to be solved. Always report suspicious activity as soon as you can.

Getting from Place to Place Safely

  • Never walk or jog alone at night. If you do walk or jog at night, do so with at least one other person or in groups.
  • If you need transportation during evening hours, call Campus Safety for a walking escort or mobile transport.
  • Should you find yourself walking alone at night, avoid secluded or dimly lit areas. Stay away from wooded areas or locations where shrubs or buildings might provide cover for assailants.
  • If you feel you are being followed, yell or scream and move toward a public, well-lit area.
  • Should you be the victim of a hold-up, don’t resist or endanger your own safety. Call the police immediately to report the crime.
  • Always be aware of what is going on around you. Be alert to your surroundings and possible safety concerns, whether you are in your place of residence or moving about the campus or city.
  • Never accept a ride from a stranger.

Sexual Assault and Date Rape

  • Sexual assault is defined as sexual contact with another person without the consent of that person.
  • It is never acceptable to use force in sexual situations. Acquaintance assault or date rape is a crime.
  • You have the right to say “no” to any undesired sexual contact. State your limits clearly and firmly. Don’t assume that your date or acquaintance automatically knows how you feel.
  • If you feel unsafe or think you may be at risk, leave the situation immediately.
  • If you attend group gatherings or parties, go with friends you trust and keep tabs on them while at the party.
  • Be particularly aware that alcohol and drugs interfere with a person’s ability to make clear decisions and communicate effectively.
  • For more information on sexual assault, visit the Counseling Center website.

Residence Halls

  • Keep your residence hall room door locked whenever the room is unoccupied, if you are in the room alone, or if you are sleeping.
  • Do not open your residence hall room door unless you can identify the person seeking entrance.
  • Report suspicious persons or activities in your residence hall to the RA on duty, the hall director, or to Campus Safety.
  • Never prop open exterior doors to residence halls or allow unescorted visitors into the hall.
  • If your residence hall room key is lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the residence hall staff. Never leave your keys lying around in your room when you are not in the room.
  • Do not keep large amounts of cash in your room.
Off-Campus Residences
  • Keep your house/apartment door and windows locked when you are in your residence alone, whenever it is unoccupied, or if you are sleeping.
  • Do not open your house/apartment to anyone unless you can identify the person seeking entrance.
  • Report suspicious persons or activities around your house/apartment building to the De Pere Police Department.
  • If your keys are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the landlord and the De Pere Police Department.
  • Never leave your keys lying around your house/apartment when you are not there.
  • When entering your house/apartment at night, have your keys readily available.
  • Do not keep large amounts of cash in your house/apartment.
  • Keep your bicycle securely chained and locked when not in use. Campus Safety can advise you on the types of locks and chains that are considered the most secure.
  • Do not park or store your bike in dimly lit areas.
  • Engrave or permanently mark your bicycle with an identifying number and record that number with Campus Safety.
  • Keep your automobile locked at all times. Keep doors locked when traveling alone.
  • Don’t park your automobile in secluded or dimly lit areas.
  • Do not keep valuables or electronics in plain sight in your automobile.
  • When walking to your automobile at night, have your keys readily in hand.
  • Always check the back seat before getting into your automobile.
  • Never offer rides to strangers or hitch hikers.
  • Check your automobile daily.

Personal Property 
  • Protect the safety of your personal property and valuables. Don’t allow your property or valuables to be unattended at any time.
  • Make a list of your valuables including make, model, and serial number.
  • Permanently mark your personal property and valuables with electric engravers. 
  • Help protect your property and the property of others by reporting suspicious activity to Campus Safety.
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