Home Safety Tips
University Police are asking all students and citizens to think proactively about their safety and habits.
Officers encourage attention to personal safety:
- At home, keep your doors and windows locked, even if you are there. If you must open a window use a window block device such as a wooden dowel to prevent access through large openings. Use a dead bolt on all your exterior doors.
- Do not open your doors to strangers and never let a stranger into your home.
- Don’t let people know you are home alone.
- Call 911 if you see or hear suspicious activity or noises.
- Keep a light on at the front and rear doors during hours of darkness. This may necessitate placing a timer on some light fixtures or switches.
- Keep your shrubbery trimmed and away from your windows.
- If you have been away from home, when approaching your door, look for anything suspicious. If you see something is not right, do not go in, call 911.
- Consider starting a Block Watch program in your neighborhood or join an existing one in your area.
- Make sure your address is visible from the road.
For further information on staying safe contact Bellingham Police Crime Prevention Officers at 676-6924, or University Police Sergeant David Garcia at 650-4141.