Now That You Have Moved Off-Campus
General Safety Tips
- Keep your doors and windows locked at all times.
- Before answering the door, use a peephole or window to see who is outside.
- Do not lend your keys out.
- Stop all deliveries when you are going out of town for an extended period of time.
- Engrave your driver's license number on valuable items. Bicycles too!
- Never leave notes or answering machine messages indicating you are not at home.
- Immediately notify the landlord or leasing office if a malfunction of safety devices
or locks occurs.
- Leave a radio or TV playing (softly) while you are gone. A light too!
- Before getting into your car check the floor and back seat for intruders.
- Think fire safety. Know where the fire alarms are located and the best exit from your
- Do not let solicitors or delivery persons into your residence.
- Do not let repair staff into your residence without verification from the company,
landlord or leasing office.
- Have the landlord or leasing office re-key your door before moving-in.
- Always lock your car and remove high value items that might tempt thieves.
- Be alert to vehicles or persons following you into the parking lot.
- Never let strangers into your residence to use the phone.
- Never place hidden keys outside your residence.
- If a fire breaks out, sound the alarm, get out and stay out. Leave your valuables.
- Call 911.
- Do not try to fight the fire yourself. Leave fighting fires to the professionals.
- Know your fire escape routes in advance so you are prepared.
- Never leave burning candles, incense or cooking unattended.
- Never leave a cigarette burning.
- Never use a grill on the porch/balcony. Many apartment complexes provide grills in
open areas for residents to use.
- Never store gasoline or other flammable/combustible fluids inside your residence.
- Keep flammable/combustible materials away from heat sources.
- Never overload electrical outlets or extension cords.
- Make sure your smoke detectors are working. Test monthly. Install new batteries as
needed, every six months when the time changes.
- Respond to all alarm sounds in your building. It may not be a false alarm this time.
In the case of heavy smoke, stay low to the ground until you can get out of the building
and to safety.
- Avoid using an ATM at night.
- Avoid using an ATM alone. Take a friend along for the ride.
- Avoid using an ATM in dark and isolated areas.
- Avoid using an ATM with hedges and bushes nearby.
- Avoid using an ATM if you feel it has been tampered with.
- Protect your PIN and ATM card at all times.
- Do not give your PIN to anyone, even someone you think you can trust. Even best friends
have been known to use the PIN and steal money from someone else's account.
- To save time standing at the ATM, know exactly what transactions are going to be made
before you arrive at the ATM. Have your card and other documents ready for your transactions.
- Make sure you are the only person able to see your transactions. Use your body to
shield others view.
- Check your surroundings during your transactions. Do not count cash openly.
Reporting a Crime
- If it's a matter of life or death, call 911.
- If you live in the Murfreesboro city limits and are reporting a robbery or other situation
that is not life threatening, call 893-1311 for the Murfreesboro Police Department.
- If you live outside the city limits of Murfreesboro but are within Rutherford County,
call 898-7770 for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.
- If you live in another locality, consult the police there for the non-emergency number
to contact the police. Place that number near the phone in your apartment and on your