Crime Prevention Tips

Personal Safety
  • Travel with purpose and confidence. Make eye contact with passersby and keep a firm hold on your property.
  • Travel in groups whenever possible, especially after dark.
  • Do not wear earphones (at least not in both ears) while walking or jogging.
  • Stay alert. Take note of all vehicles and people in your vicinity.
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas.
  • Know the location of emergency phones.
  • Know the phone number to the Sewanee Police Department: (931) 598-1111.
  • Use the Safe Walk option on the Live Safe application.
Residential/ Workplace Safety
  • Do not prop open exterior doors.
  • Always lock your door when you leave, even if leaving for only a few minutes. Most campus theft is reported from unlocked dorm rooms.
  • Always lock your door when you sleep.
  • When accessing a building using an electronic keycard or code, do not allow strangers to enter with you under your card or code. Any authorized person should have their own card or code.
  • Know your neighbors or coworkers. It will allow you to determine if someone is "out of place."
  • Get involved in campus safety. If you see someone or something that you consider suspicious, Immediately contact the Sewanee Police Department at 931-598-1111.
Protecting Personal Property
  • Keep your vehicle locked. Store all valuable items in the trunk out of sight.
  • Coats, backpacks, purses, laptops, and books should remain with you or be locked up. It's also a good idea to discreetly personalize popular items with your name or initials to prevent mix-ups.
  • Register your bicycle! Many bicycles are "borrowed" and then left some place other than where they started out; the Police Department can return found bicycles to their owner if they have been registered.
  • Use a steel cable when locking your bike to bike racks
  • Keep a log of all high end items and their serial numbers. (ie: laptops and cameras)