There are many ways to avoid walking alone when traveling off campus. Listed below are some suggestions on getting around USC, safely. Also, the Department of Public Safety offers various presentations to students, staff and faculty. Information on these presentations: Personal Safety, Self-Defense for Women, can be obtained by calling the USC Crime Prevention and Community Education Unit at (213) 740-6224.

  1. Download the LiveSafe mobile app. This app is free and allows users to initiate contact with DPS for emergencies and suspicious behaviors or activities.
  2. Connect with roommates and others in your complex concerning class schedules and studying at libraries. Possibly others are going to the same location and you can walk together.
  3. Connect with others in your classes to see if they are going to the same location as you after class.
  4. If you commute to campus: Connect with other commuter students in your classes and inquire on the possibility of parking in the same area or lot when you arrive or perhaps carpooling.
  5. While walking off campus, stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you - don't become lost in thought or daydreams. Avoid talking on your cell phone while walking, skateboarding, or bicycling. Use of cell phones while traveling often can result in accidents and can be a target for a thief.
  6. Walk with a self-assured stride; keep your head up; pay attention to your surroundings.
  7. Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
  8. Have your keys ready before you approach your vehicle or home.
  9. At night, stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
  10. Get familiar with campus locations that are open 24 hours daily; such as the campus entrance gates (Gate 3 at Figueroa and 35th Street and Gate 5 at Jefferson Blvd. and McClintock Ave.); the Department of Public Safety (DPS), located on the westside of campus in Parking Structure A on McClintock Ave. by 36th Place).
  11. Get familiar with the locations of the Emergency Phones (phones outside will have a blue light on top).
  12. Try to vary your route; some assaults are planned in advance and an irregular schedule makes it easier to avoid an attack.
  13. Try to keep one hand free when carrying books, packages, etc.
  14. When waiting to cross the street, stand a foot or two back from the curb.
  15. If you hear someone behind you, turn and look.
  16. If possible avoid walking alone, especially when upset, depressed, or after drinking.
  17. Be wary of people requesting help (directions, change, time, a cigarette, etc.). Some rapists, purse snatchers, and other criminals use this approach to judge how compliant a person is, and to get physically close to them.
  18. At night, stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible.
  19. Be cautious around people asking for spare change or money to wash your car windows, etc. A number of these people are taking advantage of the current economic and homeless situation; they use the money they receive for alcohol and/or drugs and some of these people acan be very dangerous.
  20. Instead of walking alone, get a friend to walk with you, or check the Tram Schedules or call the Campus Cruiser (escort service) if the Tram does not operate in your area.

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