Crime Prevention Tips
The following tips are meant to help protect the campus community from crime and injury. If a crime has already occurred, please contact Campus Security at 515-574-1000
- Report all suspicious persons.
- Report all thefts.
- Be attuned to your surroundings. Walk or travel in well-lit, well-traveled areas. If you think someone is following you, abruptly switch directions or cross the street. If you’re still being followed, go to a public place and ask for help.
- Keep your purse, backpack, briefcase, cell phone, portable computer and any other valuable property in your possession at all times. Don’t take a break and leave them behind.
- If you receive a harassing phone call, hang up immediately. Don’t try to find out who the caller is and don’t show any reaction.
- Know your neighbors and make sure they know you. Ensure a roommate or friend knows your routines. Tell someone if you are going to be late or are out of town.
- Notify Campus Security of any broken lights, overgrown shrubbery near walkways, telephones that don’t work and doors with broken locks.
- Label your books, notebooks and personal property with your name.
- Never open doors of campus buildings to strangers.
- ICCC students, faculty and staff should always have their College ID in their possession and present the ID when requested by Campus Security.
- Lock all doors, even if you are leaving for a short time.
- Make certain to lock your door before you go to sleep.
- Never prop open any locking residence hall door.
- Avoid leaving notes on your door saying that you are out.
- Do not loan your keys/keycard to anyone, or leave your keys unattended.
- Do not put your name and/or room number on your key ring.
- There is college residential staff in all student housing locations and they can be contacted at any time.
- Be sure doors are locked whenever you leave an unattended office or lab.
- Never leave doors propped open or leave keys in an unlocked cabinet or desk drawer.
- It is not advisable to tape extra keys under desk drawers or in file cabinets.
- When leaving your office or lab for the day, make sure that all windows are closed and locked, all valuables and confidential materials are locked up and all desks, files and doors are locked.
- Have your key ready when you approach your vehicle.
- Check before you get in your vehicle to make sure no one is hiding beneath or inside the vehicle.
- When you park, choose a well-lighted, designated parking area.
- If you carry valuables in your car, keep them out of sight in the trunk.
- Always lock your vehicle.
Anyone can be the victim of sexual assault or rape, regardless of age, sex, race, status or type of dress. Please keep these tips in mind:
- Be alert and aware when dating.
- Trust your instincts or “gut feelings.”
- Do not send mixed messages. Be clear, say “no” when you mean it.
- Be careful when you invite someone into your residence.
- You can also visit the DSAOC website at www.dsaoc.com
If a resident student has not been seen on campus for more than 24 hours and acquaintances do not know where the student may be, Campus Security should be notified. Law enforcement may also be notified for any student missing for more than 24 hours.
If a student has been seen in the company of an individual(s) indicating that he/she may be in danger, Campus Security 515-574-1000 and/or the Fort Dodge Police Department (911) should be notified.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, and students may be particularly vulnerable to this crime. Once someone steals your identity, it is difficult to clear your credit record and often your criminal history. Learn how to protect yourself and your future from identity theft by visiting this federal government Web site: http://www.ed.gov/misused