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.

Page Updated 11.22.2017