Safety Tips

Dowling Campus Safety Tips

Each of us must exercise precautionary measures to prevent ourselves from becoming a victim of crime.

When Walking:

  1. Wherever you are – walking to class, in the library, or to and from the parking lot – stay alert and tune into your surroundings.
  2. Trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you uneasy, stay away.
  3. Report all suspicious persons, vehicles or activities to the Security Dept. at ext. 3060.
  4. Walk with confidence – show that you’re aware and in control. Body language speaks volumes.
  5. Walk with a friend whenever possible.
  6. Stick to well-lighted, well-traveled areas. Don’t take shortcuts.
  7. Do not flash large amounts of cash or other valuable objects.
  8. If you think someone is following you, get to security or call them ASAP.

In the Parking Lot:

  1. Lock your doors and close windows whenever you leave, even if it’s just for a minute.
  2. Never leave valuable items visible in your car.
  3. At night, park in a well-lit area of the parking lot.
  4. Again, report all suspicious persons, vehicles or activities to the Security Deptartment at Ext. 3060.
  5. Have your key ready before getting to the door.
  6. Before entering your car, be sure no one is inside, then lock all doors and roll up the windows.

Be Alert In This Era Of Heightened Security Risk

Here’s What You Can Do Now:

  • Please be alert and report any criminal incident, suspicious behavior or suspicious packages, to the Security Office by dialing 88 from any campus phone. Non-emergency calls should be made to extension 3060 at Oakdale and extension 1317 at Brookhaven.
  • Carry a valid Dowling ID card* at all times. You may be asked by security officers to show this card; failure to do so may prohibit your entry to campus.
  • Take extra precautions and be prepared in case there is an emergency.
  • Be prepared to follow direction from Security staff if you are required to evacuate a building.

*If you do not have a Dowling ID card, go to the Library on the Rudolph Campus at Oakdale to obtain one. You will need to bring a photo ID, such as driver’s license, and a recent paycheck stub.

Identity Theft: Are You a Target?

Criminals are always looking for ways to hide their activity, often by hiding their identity. Identity Theft allows them to become someone else. That someone else could be you!

Consider when you make a purchase or pay a bill online. You are providing very personal financial information. Is anyone “shoulder surfing” or listening-in when you provide your credit card information? When you dispose of receipts, financial statements, or even pre-approved offers and other junk mail, will “dumpster divers” find a treasure in your trash? Anyone who has access to the information available there has access to you. They can “become you.” Criminals become someone else by creating false documentation using your personal information.

A college environment is generally perceived as a safe and secure environment where you can have fun while receiving your education. As a rule this is true, especially with Dowling College Security’s pro-active approach to campus safety. However, it only takes one person who needs a new Id and one moment of access to your information. Dowling wants to offer these guidelines to help you protect yourself from Identity Theft.

  1. Don’t leave any personal information or identification out in the open or unattended. Gyms, dorms, and common areas are easily accessible and heavily trafficked places.
  2. Be aware of people who may be able to hear your conversation when you use a public phone. Remember even your cell phone becomes “public” when you use it around campus. Be cautious when you provide personal information over the telephone (or Internet). Someone may be “posing” as an authorized agent, using another identity to get personal information from you.
  3. Don’t leave your laptop unattended, even for a brief time. Always log out and power down all computers. Use pass and code words and change them periodically. Don’t give your password to anyone.
  4. Always get receipts or voided slips from your credit card purchases. Be watchful if a merchant verifies your card electronically. Check your statements and match all your purchases with your receipts.
  5. Be cautious when conducting any kind of electronic banking. ATM’s, Internet transactions, telephone services, and direct deposits are some examples of “targeted” activity.
  6. Verify whether a system is encrypted or password protected. Regular email is generally not encrypted — don’t send sensitive financial or personal information in this manner.
  7. Never loan any form of your ID (licenses, credit cards, social security cards) to anyone — for any reason — ever!
  8. When disposing of all sensitive or personal information, run it through a shredder. If you don’t have a shredder, cut or tear all areas with addresses, signatures or account numbers unevenly so they can not be taped back together.
  9. When you leave your residence for any period of time, secure any personal information, identification, valuables, money, etc. (Security has engravers if you want to inscribe any personal property.)

Protect Your Valuables On Campus

Be sure to store valuable items safely in your office and elsewhere on campus. If you have any items of value that you would like stenciled or engraved with your name, bring it to the Main Security Office and it can be done for you free of charge.

… And While Traveling While going through security screening at the airport, you may be required to remove your laptop from its case and place it on the conveyor belt. While you are detained at the metal detectors, someone could pick up your laptop. To make your laptop easily identifiable, affix a Dowling College sticker to the top (the panel facing up when computer is in use).