Home Safety Tips
University Police are asking all students and citizens to think proactively about their safety and habits as we move into the Spring and Summer period.
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.