Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even if you are only away for a few minutes. Do not "prop open" doors in residence halls.
Be assertive and demand that any unwanted person in your residence leave, or leave yourself. Anyone who refuses to leave is a trespasser.
Make sure hallways, entrances, garages, and grounds are well lit. Leave porch lights on all night. Keep blinds and curtains shut after dark and never dress in front of a window. When you expect to return after dark, leave an interior light on with the shades drawn. If you live on campus, report any malfunctioning light to the Facilities at 334-244-3424. Make sure to provide a detailed location and description of the problem.
Know who is at your door before you open it. Campus staff members carry identification, and solicitors are not allowed on campus. Require proper identification from any repair or utility personnel. If you live off campus, install a peephole in your front door.
Do not open your door to strangers or let them in. If they need assistance and ask to use your phone, make the phone call for them.
List initials and last names only on your mailbox or door and in the telephone book. Don’t leave your name on your door or answering machine if you live alone. Don’t have the recording state you are away or when you will return.
Get to know your neighbors. If you live off campus, join a neighborhood watch system and share information on suspicious circumstances.
When you go home on breaks, have someone pick up your mail, newspaper, etc. Install timers and leave on all outside lights. Make your residence appear "lived in."
If you come home and see a broken window or a jimmied door, don’t go inside. Confronting a burglar can be dangerous. Phone police immediately at 911. If you are on campus, call Campus Police at 334-244-3178.